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Video: ICE releases Central American migrants to Phoenix church group

May 2, 2019, 4:25 AM | Updated: 10:03 am

PHOENIX — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has dropped off more Central American migrants, this time at a gated compound in south Phoenix.

About 30 men, women and children got off the Department of Homeland Security bus Wednesday around 11 a.m. and picked up their belongings laid out on the dirt sidewalk for them.

Members of the Apostolic Church of the Community applauded the migrants and welcomed them to the U.S. in Spanish.

A neighbor said the church is renting a private, gated compound south of the intersection of Baseline Road and 29th Avenue to host the migrants for about three days.

The neighbor said the migrants cause no problems and that this is the fourth group the church has hosted.

Another neighbor said he wants the asylum laws tightened to stem the flow of migrants coming into this country and his community, although he understands the migrants’ plights and claims for asylum.

Members of the church declined to comment.

ICE has released nearly 27,000 migrant families into Arizona since mid-December.

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Video: ICE releases Central American migrants to Phoenix church group