From KERA News:
A Dallas church is preparing to receive five times more migrants after a pandemic-era health policy known as Title 42 expired May 11.
The policy expelled hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking asylum.
Since 2019, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church has been a safe place for asylum seekers passing through North Texas.
This was the case on a recent Wednesday morning.
“Bienvenidos!” says a woman welcoming the new arrivals who’ve just stepped off the bus.
Two buses carrying 65 individuals arrived on this day, about a dozen of them were women. The visitors came from several different countries — Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and China.
When asked why they’re here, most said they came to work and help family members.
“I came with one objective — to help my mom who has an enlarged heart,” said Cardales-Hostia, who came from Colombia. “I want to work in the fields. It’s the season for picking apples, kiwi, peaches.”
To get to the U.S., Cardales-Hostia had to pass through the countries of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. It was exhausting journey and one he said he would not want to relive.
“It was very ugly,” he said. “You see people who’ve died. It’s very risky.”
U.S. officials have been anticipating an increase in the number of migrants coming to the U.S. once the pandemic-era health policy known as Title 42 expired.