U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke - a potential candidate in the 2020 presidential election - is calling for donations and help after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped off at least 200 migrants at the El Paso, Texas, bus station.
O'Rourke, whose term representing El Paso expires shortly, posted on Twitter that local shelter Annunciation House needed fresh fruit and unworn clothing .
Hundreds of migrant families released onto the streets of El Paso on Christmas Eve, without food, money or help. ICE says more will be released tomorrow and following day. If you would like to help - please donate to migrant shelter Annunciation House: https://t.co/062olxpA6Z— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 24, 2018
ICE dropped off the migrants Sunday and Monday at the local Greyhound station, with more buses of people expected on Christmas day.
The website Borderzine showed an image of the crowded terminal, calling the people there as "destitute, scared and confused."
The agency typically coordinates with local shelters to make sure there is space for them to stay. But U.S. Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar, O'Rourke's successor, tells The Associated Press that ICE officials dropped people off at the bus station after Annunciation House said it didn't have enough space.
Escobar called ICE's action "really alarming."
ICE did not respond to a request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.