SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — California immigrant rights advocates are waiting for the possibility of migrants arriving here by bus or plane.
We learn more about the eight people who were mysteriously sent to Sacramento last week from Texas.
Eight migrants from Venezuela without money or food – some of them injured – somehow ended up in Sacramento last week.
Several men said they flew from Texas to California on Thursday and landed at Sacramento airport.
They were told their ICE paperwork reassigned them to the California capitol.
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They showed up, drove 20 miles to a shelter in downtown Sacramento to find a closed office building.
“It was very confusing for them because Sacramento wasn’t on their radar, some of them were thinking of going to New York. Some to Florida, Utah,” said NorCal Resist volunteer Autumn Gonzalez.
NorCal Resist provides migrant services and advocates for immigrant rights.
They stepped in to help the men, offering them a hotel to stay in for the week.
“I think the most disturbing thing is sending them to a shelter that doesn’t actually exist and they might have ended up sleeping outside, if people in a good mood hadn’t helped them find help,” said González.
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As for what happens next…
“If they plan to stay in Sacramento, which they are, we’ll work with them to get apartments and legal help,” Gonzalez said.
Last Friday, ABC7 News asked Governor Newsom about the governors of Florida and Texas sending migrants to places like Martha’s Vineyard.
“These migrants are used as a pawn, to humiliate and dehumanize,” Newsom said.
We asked if the Golden State is capable and equipped — if migrants suddenly arrive from Texas or Florida.
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Governor Newsom said California has opened migrant facilities in San Diego and elsewhere.
“They’ve invested hundreds, millions of dollars to compassionately care for people who come here seeking asylum in this state,” Newsom said.
La Raza Del Centro Legal has worked with migrants for decades. As for what happened in Sacramento:
“I think it’s extremely disrespectful and a violation of the human rights of these migrants,” executive director Amanda Alvardo said.
As for the possibility of more migrants coming through here?
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“We’ll have to stay up and watch how many people end up arriving, from Texas and other border areas,” Alvardo said.
Local leaders say we have a strong network of government agencies, legal aid and nonprofit groups, and refugee resettlement agencies that are equipped to offer help to migrants.
Many of these groups have helped resettle refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit filed on behalf of migrants airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard nearly a week ago has had its first decision.
The judge granted the motion to keep the names of the Venezuelan migrants confidential due to the death threats they are receiving.
Reports say another bus full of migrants is expected to arrive at Union Station in Chicago on Wednesday.
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