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How to help people and families seeking asylum in Philadelphia

While efforts are underway to help those seeking asylum, you can still help with a donation.

A bus with asylum-seekers bused from Texas to Philadelphia arrives at JFK Boulevard west of 30th Street Station on Wednesday morning.
A bus with asylum-seekers bused from Texas to Philadelphia arrives at JFK Boulevard west of 30th Street Station on Wednesday morning.Read moreAlejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer

Twenty-eight people seeking asylum arrived at 30th Street Station on buses sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday morning in what was the first bus of asylum-seekers arriving in Philly.

Those arriving in Philadelphia, mostly from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, are in the U.S. legally seeking asylum. Abbott, who has also sent immigrants to other sanctuary cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, has said these buses are an effort to bring the challenges of the border to northern cities. Others, such as Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, call the stunt “cruel and racist.”

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The City of Philadelphia, along with immigration groups Nationalities Services Center and HIAS Pennsylvania, have been preparing for this scenario since the summer. Now, as asylum-seekers arrive they could use your help.

Here’s how you can assist those seeking asylum in Philadelphia.

Donate to the city’s Welcoming Fund

Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) has set up the Philadelphia Welcoming Fund for monetary donations. The funds will be distributed among local groups serving the immigrant population, but details are still being worked out.

Nonmonetary donations are not being accepted at this time. Keep in mind, this could change as welcoming efforts continue.