La Paz updates efforts on dealing with bus migrants

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The organization La Paz is thanking Chattanoogans for helping them help migrants who have been getting off buses in our area that are headed for the northeast.

People have donated supplies to help them on their journey.

They point out that these are people who are legally applying for asylum.

But we’ve heard stories from bus riders and local officials that many are kept on the bus while the drivers sleep in hotels.

And many have no idea where they are.

The buses are taking them from the Texas border to asylum hearings in New York and Washington D.C.

Here is the La Paz update on Monday:


We are humbled by the community response we’ve received over the weekend regarding aid in response to the buses of migrants passing through Chattanooga on their way to other cities, needing assistance and orientation. La Paz has been guiding, connecting and supporting our local immigrant population for over 18 years, including those who are transient and looking to settle elsewhere. These individuals arriving in our city have done so through adequate processing establishing asylum status, which is their legal right to do. 


As an organization that is invested in Chattanooga remaining a welcoming city to all people, we will continue to receive the individuals who arrive at our office with care and attention, stabilizing and orienting them to the best of our ability with the resources we have available. While the material donations to send with these individuals are gratefully received, we also have the obligation to address their need of transportation and lodging, so we encourage those interested to consider a financial contribution to La Paz’s Latinx Relief Fund via our website.


Note: to contribute directly to the Latinx Relief Fund, please use the general donation page, linked below, and include “Funds for transient migrants travel and lodging” in the “comments” space.


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