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NYC or Chicago: El Paso buses asylum-seeking migrants north

A Venezuelan asylum-seeking migrant looks at a map of the United States after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center managed by the city of El Paso and the Office of Emergency Management, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The Democrat-led border city of El Paso, Texas, has sent more migrants on buses to New York City and Chicago than a campaign by Texas' Republican governor, a twist in an ongoing partisan battle over U.S. border security.

El Paso, which sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico, has bused roughly 7,000 migrants to New York City since late August and sent more than 1,800 to Chicago, a city-run effort that far exceeds the more ad-hoc transportation of the past. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

A Venezuelan asylum-seeking migrant looks at a map of the United States after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center managed by the city of El Paso and the Office of Emergency Management, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The Democrat-led border...more

A Venezuelan asylum-seeking migrant looks at a map of the United States after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center managed by the city of El Paso and the Office of Emergency Management, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The Democrat-led border city of El Paso, Texas, has sent more migrants on buses to New York City and Chicago than a campaign by Texas' Republican governor, a twist in an ongoing partisan battle over U.S. border security. El Paso, which sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico, has bused roughly 7,000 migrants to New York City since late August and sent more than 1,800 to Chicago, a city-run effort that far exceeds the more ad-hoc transportation of the past. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants cross the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. The city's busing effort has received less attention than a separate statewide campaign by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term in Nov. 8 midterm elections. Abbott has bused more than 3,000 migrants to New York City and more than 900 to Chicago as part of a high profile campaign to put a spotlight on the record crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants cross the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. The city's busing effort has received less attention than a separate statewide campaign by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking...more

Asylum-seeking migrants cross the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. The city's busing effort has received less attention than a separate statewide campaign by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term in Nov. 8 midterm elections. Abbott has bused more than 3,000 migrants to New York City and more than 900 to Chicago as part of a high profile campaign to put a spotlight on the record crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. El Paso's Democratic leaders say they are coordinating with receiving cities and that migrants take their chartered buses voluntarily. City officials say their buses were needed because up to 2,000 migrants were arriving daily, including impoverished Venezuelans without family in the United States to pay for onward travel. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. El Paso's Democratic leaders say they are coordinating with receiving cities...more

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. El Paso's Democratic leaders say they are coordinating with receiving cities and that migrants take their chartered buses voluntarily. City officials say their buses were needed because up to 2,000 migrants were arriving daily, including impoverished Venezuelans without family in the United States to pay for onward travel. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso's coordination could be better, said New York City mayoral spokesperson Kate Smart. El Paso informs New York when a bus is traveling to the city, but, she adds, officials from both states should discuss beforehand whether the bus actually needs to go New York and how many migrants are onboard.

Many of those sent to New York are Venezuelans, who have been arrested at the border in higher numbers than ever before. The United States cannot expel them to Mexico under a pandemic-era order as it can other migrants. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso's coordination could be better, said New York City mayoral spokesperson Kate Smart. El...more

Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso's coordination could be better, said New York City mayoral spokesperson Kate Smart. El Paso informs New York when a bus is traveling to the city, but, she adds, officials from both states should discuss beforehand whether the bus actually needs to go New York and how many migrants are onboard. Many of those sent to New York are Venezuelans, who have been arrested at the border in higher numbers than ever before. The United States cannot expel them to Mexico under a pandemic-era order as it can other migrants. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants are given lunch by El Paso Fire Department after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso's program is not new: last year, the city hired a handful charter buses to transport migrants to nearby cities, a city official said.

But when overwhelmed U.S. border authorities began releasing hundreds of migrants at a time in El Paso in August and September, the city started busing to New York and Chicago. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are given lunch by El Paso Fire Department after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso's program is not new: last year, the city hired a handful charter buses to transport migrants...more

Asylum-seeking migrants are given lunch by El Paso Fire Department after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso's program is not new: last year, the city hired a handful charter buses to transport migrants to nearby cities, a city official said. But when overwhelmed U.S. border authorities began releasing hundreds of migrants at a time in El Paso in August and September, the city started busing to New York and Chicago. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at the Migrant Welcome Center, where they depart on buses to New York and Chicago, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, said the city's program is "completely different" than the other busing efforts and that they seek to "treat people with respect." REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at the Migrant Welcome Center, where they depart on buses to New York and Chicago, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, said the city's program is "completely different" than...more

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at the Migrant Welcome Center, where they depart on buses to New York and Chicago, in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, said the city's program is "completely different" than the other busing efforts and that they seek to "treat people with respect." REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants eat lunch before boarding buses to Chicago and New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants eat lunch before boarding buses to Chicago and New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants eat lunch before boarding buses to Chicago and New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants celebrate after crossing the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants celebrate after crossing the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants celebrate after crossing the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants celebrate after crossing the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants celebrate after crossing the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants celebrate after crossing the Rio Grande to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants walk along the border wall after crossing the border to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants walk along the border wall after crossing the border to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants walk along the border wall after crossing the border to El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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El Paso Fire Department Firefighter David A. Sierra hands out bags of food to asylum-seeking migrants boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

El Paso Fire Department Firefighter David A. Sierra hands out bags of food to asylum-seeking migrants boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

El Paso Fire Department Firefighter David A. Sierra hands out bags of food to asylum-seeking migrants boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in a line to board buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in a line to board buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in a line to board buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line before boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line before boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line before boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, with his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck and his wife Julianis Contreras, 23, and others, waits to board their bus to New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The buses now depart from a converted warehouse in northeast El Paso that serves as a migrant processing center. On Monday, several hundred migrants waited for buses to New York City and Chicago, among them Frederick Pinango, 28, and his wife and 3-year-old daughter. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, with his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck and his wife Julianis Contreras, 23, and others, waits to board their bus to New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The buses now...more

Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, with his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck and his wife Julianis Contreras, 23, and others, waits to board their bus to New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The buses now depart from a converted warehouse in northeast El Paso that serves as a migrant processing center. On Monday, several hundred migrants waited for buses to New York City and Chicago, among them Frederick Pinango, 28, and his wife and 3-year-old daughter. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, walks with his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck and his wife Julianis Contreras, 23, to board their bus to New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The Venezuelan family trekked through the Darien Gap, an often dangerous passage through a jungle separating Colombia and Panama. They worked their way through Central America and Mexico by cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash and begging, according to Pinango.

They took a bus to New York because they had no contacts in the United States and it was free.

"I have faith that they will help us with some shelter, so I can start to work," he said. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, walks with his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck and his wife Julianis Contreras, 23, to board their bus to New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The Venezuelan family trekked...more

Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, walks with his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck and his wife Julianis Contreras, 23, to board their bus to New York at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. The Venezuelan family trekked through the Darien Gap, an often dangerous passage through a jungle separating Colombia and Panama. They worked their way through Central America and Mexico by cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash and begging, according to Pinango. They took a bus to New York because they had no contacts in the United States and it was free. "I have faith that they will help us with some shelter, so I can start to work," he said. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line before boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line before boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line before boarding buses to New York and Chicago at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, kisses his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck Paola Pinango while waiting for their bus at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, kisses his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck Paola Pinango while waiting for their bus at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Venezuelan Frederick Pinango, 28, kisses his three-year-old daughter Freyderlinck Paola Pinango while waiting for their bus at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at an intake area of the Migrant Welcome Center, where they depart on buses to New York and Chicago in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at an intake area of the Migrant Welcome Center, where they depart on buses to New York and Chicago in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at an intake area of the Migrant Welcome Center, where they depart on buses to New York and Chicago in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at an intake area, where they are registered and asked where they hope to travel to, at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at an intake area, where they are registered and asked where they hope to travel to, at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants wait in line at an intake area, where they are registered and asked where they hope to travel to, at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants are pictured outside the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, U.S., October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are pictured outside the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, U.S., October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are pictured outside the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, U.S., October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Brothers Fernando Venegas, 20, and Fernando Venegas, 19, from Venezuela, wait for their bus to Chicago with others at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Brothers Fernando Venegas, 20, and Fernando Venegas, 19, from Venezuela, wait for their bus to Chicago with others at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Brothers Fernando Venegas, 20, and Fernando Venegas, 19, from Venezuela, wait for their bus to Chicago with others at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants arrive at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants arrive at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants arrive at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Asylum-seeking migrants are greeted and given a briefing by shelter staff after arriving at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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Buses depart to Chicago and New York from the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Buses depart to Chicago and New York from the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje

Buses depart to Chicago and New York from the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Ratje
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