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September 21, 2022
Ayuda Supports Migrants Bused to Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C – Since April, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.
An estimated 10,000 people have arrived in Washington, D.C. This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis joined in this appalling effort and has sent planes of asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard.
“Ayuda strongly condemns the mistreatment and dehumanization of immigrants by politicians across this country,” said Paula Fitzgerald, Ayuda’s executive director.
Ayuda has been providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.
Ayuda’s legal team has provided individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.
“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings,” Paula continued. “They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.”
Ayuda supports low-income immigrants succeed and thrive in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Since our founding in 1973, Ayuda has served more than 150,000 immigrants throughout the region. Ayuda is the only non-profit service provider in the area that provides a wide range of immigration and family law assistance, social services, and language access support for all immigrants – including women, men, and children – from anywhere in the world.