Philadelphia greets migrants sent onto a bus by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

A child is seen through a bus window in Philadelphia.

Migrants sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arrive near Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Lamberti/AP

Many of the asylum seekers who arrived in Philadelphia on a bus from Texas Wednesday morning were en route to other states, while some may be staying, according to city officials and local reports.

Driving the news: Philadelphia welcomed 28 migrants after what Mayor Jim Kenney called an “irresponsible and callous” political stunt by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to send to cities of refuge across the country.

Catch up fast: City officials and immigrant advocacy groups greeted the individuals — many from Colombia, Cuba and the Dominican Republic — at around 6 a.m. at the 30th Street station.

  • About 20 migrants were taken to a municipal welcome center in North Philadelphia, where they were provided with food, drink, blankets, coats and space to rest.
  • Many were only in town for short periods of time, traveling to states such as New York, Connecticut and Maryland, city officials said. Some made arrangements to be picked up by relatives.
  • According to the Inquirer, only a few of the travelers should remain in the city.

The big picture: Thousands of migrants have been transported from Texas to mostly Democrat-run cities across the US after Gov. Abbott and other Republican governors sought to challenge President Biden’s border policy. Sareen Habeshian from Axios reports.

  • Abbott sent Biden a letter yesterday warning that Texas was “escalating” its border security and ordered state authorities to expand Operation Lone Star, a multibillion-dollar border-sealing effort that includes the bus effort .

Details: The asylum seekers who arrived in Philadelphia sat on buses for days and had only been given small, pre-packaged meals, leaving some arriving hungry and thirsty, city officials said.

  • A child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia for treatment for a fever and dehydration.
  • Philadelphia has set up a welcome fund and is accepting cash donations to help the migrants.

What you say: Kenney called diversity one of the city’s “greatest assets” and on Wednesday criticized the Abbott administration for failing to notify officials that the migrants were headed into the city.

  • He called Abbott’s busing strategy “cruel” and accused him of using people as political “pawns” in the immigration dispute with the Biden administration.

The bottom line: Kenney said the city is prepared for the possibility that more buses could arrive from Texas in the coming months.

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