Hundreds of Migrants from Africa Who Speak French Landed in San Antonio
San Antonio officials scrambled this week to find French-speaking volunteers to help with hundreds of Congolese migrants arriving in the Alamo City.
“We didn’t get a heads up,” Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Collen Bridger told KEN 5 after a group of 350 Congolese migrants arrived in the city unexpectedly. “When we called Border Patrol to confirm, they said, ‘yea another 200 to 300 from the Congo and Angola will be coming to San Antonio.’”
Bridger told the local CBS affiliate that they are looking for
volunteers who can speak French. “If you speak primarily French and can
come spend six, seven, eight hours, that would be really helpful,”
The City of San Antonio apparently expected to be able to move the
Congolese migrants along to Portland, Maine. “When we reached out to
Portland Maine they said, ‘Please don’t send us any more. We’re already
stretched way beyond our capacity,” Bridger stated. Instead, the City is
now attempting to locate other localities that will accept these
South and central African migrants began illegally crossing the South Texas border on May 30 when 117 migrants from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
and Angola crossed in the Del Rio Sector. By June 5, more than 500
African migrants had crossed illegally in this single Border Patrol
sector, Breitbart News reported.
In a press call on Wednesday afternoon, Brian Hastings, U.S. Border
Patrol Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, told reporters this was the
first large group “ever recorded in Border Patrol history solely from
Central and South Africa. We’ve never seen that demographic in a large
group of that size before.”
Two weeks before the illegal crossings began in the Del Rio Sector,
hundreds of African migrants gathered near an international bridge in
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, to protest not being allowed entry into the
U.S. through a legal port of entry, Breitbart News reported. The group complained that Cuban migrants are being given preferential treatment.
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