5 things to know about Venezuelan migrants, border crisis in El Paso

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Border officials continued to release migrants near the Greyhound bus station in downtown El Paso on Wednesday, as the number of Venezuelans and other arrivals exceeded the capacity of area shelters to temporarily house them.

Townspeople donated water bottles, foil-wrapped burritos, clothes, cereal boxes, coolers, blankets and other necessities to migrants – many of whom just waiting for a sponsor to buy a ticket out of town, or for the Border Patrol to release another loved one from custody.

A spokesperson for the US Border Patrol in El Paso said the agency released about 1,000 people last week directly onto the streets, but is also working with area shelters that can provide assistance to those who have legitimate complaints, and with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. to detain some of the migrants. Those released on the streets have been granted interim status pending the next stage of their immigration process.

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