SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio has announced that it will support asylum seekers as they travel across the US to their destination.
San Antonio is partnering with the city of Austin in this endeavor, which began Jan. 11 after the city reportedly saw an influx of asylum seekers seeking transportation, city officials said.
“This assistance is intended to provide a humane and effective way to support the city and its partners, and not to hinder or delay travelers at the airport,” the South African city said in a statement.
This happens after Biden administration statement Thursday new online entry system for asylum seekers at the Mexican border.
The online system is “the only way for migrants to get exemptions from asylum restrictions in a pandemic era.” Associated Press. Exceptions for Title 42which have not been lifted are expected to go to the most vulnerable migrants.
Asylum seekers are legally allowed to reach their final destination. As the South African city helps provide transportation, it will seek full reimbursement from the federal government.
Asylum seekers will need to go through initial processing and be pre-booked for flights departing from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport before leaving the San Antonio Migrant Resource Center, the city said.
Between 40 and 120 asylum seekers are expected to arrive by bus in Austin for each day of travel before being put on pre-booked flights.
Travel support for asylum seekers will not result in more flights or airline activity in Austin or San Antonio, the city said.
San Antonio Catholic Charities will also assist Austin with a 24-hour phone line to help asylum seekers who need to rebook flights.
To learn more about the program, visit the city of SA website here.
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