PHILADELPHIA — Today, the City of Philadelphia provided an update on additional buses of asylum seekers from Del Rio, Texas and their arrival in Philadelphia, marking 23 total buses since November 16 of last year.

On Wednesday, May 17, approximately 34 asylum seekers traveled from Texas to Philadelphia via bus. All were registered at the City’s welcoming facility on E. Luzerne Street in North Philadelphia. Many of them are from Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia.

In addition, on Thursday, May 18, approximately 46 asylum seekers arrived in Philadelphia from Texas via bus. Upon arrival, 38 of them were registered at the City’s welcoming facility on E. Luzerne Street in North Philadelphia. Many of them are from Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.

To date, Philadelphia has received nearly 1,000 asylum seekers and has continued to build on the City’s welcome efforts in coordination with key nonprofit partners by adding capacity for shelter management and case management support via contracted providers.

The City does not have any information on additional buses traveling to Philadelphia.

Services Provided: Immediately upon arrival, individuals were greeted by the City’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA), the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, an array of non-profit partners as well as local hospitals providing the following services:

  • Emergency health screening,
  • Temporary respite,
  • Food and water,
  • Legal consultation and orientation,
  • Relocation support to other destinations,
  • Social services,
  • Case management,
  • On-site language interpretation.

Medical Preparation: The City will continue to work with community partners to arrange for medical triage and follow-up for any new arrivals in need of medical care.

Donations: Information on how people can help is available online here. The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and the Philadelphia City Fund have launched the Philadelphia Welcoming Fund to allow residents the opportunity to continue contributing to local efforts to welcome immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Philadelphia.

The funds collected by the Welcoming Fund will be provided to nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area that are supporting new arrivals.

Additionally, in the Philadelphia region, Nationalities Services Center and HIAS Pennsylvania are among the nonprofit organizations offering immigration legal services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, including our new arrivals. The Philadelphia region also has a thriving sector of immigrant-serving organizations that have stepped up to support these communities. They include Casa De Venezuela, Gente De Venezuela, Juntos, New Sanctuary Movement, Catholic Social ServicesAquinas Community Center, PA Immigrant Family Unity Project (PAIFUP), PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, Alianza Latina, the Salvation Armythe Wyss Wellness Center, Maria de los Santos, and many more.

Please keep in mind that donated supplies cannot be accepted.

The best way to support organizations that are providing aid to people is through monetary donations to the Philadelphia Welcoming Fund or to the vetted groups named above that are providing immediate and long-term relief.

Note on Terminology: The City’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) advises using “individuals and families seeking asylum” to describe arriving people.

Photos: Photos are available to download here for media use. Credit: City of Philadelphia. Note that new images were uploaded to this folder from the latest bus arrival on May 10 and May 14 2023.

Due to privacy concerns, media is not permitted on the property beyond the entrance gates.

This release is also available in Spanish.