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Arizona churches house migrants dropped off by ICE

Posted at 5:11 AM, Dec 07, 2018

PHOENIX (KPNX) – An estimated 5,000 migrants have been dropped off by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at churches in the Phoenix area over the past two months.

Pastor Agustin Hubert of Longview Community Church took in 75 migrants Wednesday morning. It’s the first time he says he’s been called to help.

“They’re here for two, three, four days. We give them a meal. We give them a shower, new clothes,” said Hubert.

Mesa Pastor Magdalena Schwartz has been working closely with ICE to find temporary shelter for them. Most migrants stay either at churches or with host families before they are connected to family in the United States as they wait for their asylum cases to be heard.

In a statement, ICE said it is normal to release some migrant families from being detained in order to “mitigate the risk of holding family units past the timeframe allotted to the government.”

ICE said those decisions are made on a case by case basis.

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