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San Antonio Haven For 32,000 Migrants Closing Its Doors

Oct 23, 2019

A migrant resource center operated by the city and local charities is closing because the number of migrants arriving in the city has dropped.

"So the last two weeks we have seen a stark decllne in immigrants," said J. Antonio Fernandez, the CEO of Catholic Charities. "Some of the nights we don't have anyone spending the night at the Travis Park Church."

He praised the cooperation among a network of groups to house, feed, and transport 32,000 migrants seeking asylum in the United States over the past seven months.

The San Antonio Food Bank was a big partner too. More than 1,800 San Antonians volunteered to work at the facility on North St. Mary's, many of them city employees.

The City opened the center on March 30 to provide needed services for the surge of Central American asylum seekers traveling through San Antonio after being released by Border Patrol and legally on their way to host families and cities.

The City of San Antonio Human Services Department operated the center, in close coordination with other City departments, San Antonio Food Bank, Interfaith Welcome Coalition, Travis Park Church, Catholic Charities, and other nonprofits and community volunteers.

The number of daily arrivals and overnight shelter use dropped significantly in the last several weeks.

Steve Short contributed to this report.
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