Hundreds more migrants were released in El Paso on Christmas Day, official says

More than 200 migrants were dropped off Sunday night at an El Paso bus station by ICE, officials said.

(CNN)US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers released hundreds more migrants in El Paso, Texas, on Christmas Day, but officials don't expect any arrivals Wednesday.

Since Sunday, the community has been working to accommodate hundreds of people already released at a bus station, officials said.
At least 180 "migrants were dropped off today [Christmas Day] in downtown El Paso staggered through the afternoon, starting at 1:30pm local time," Dylan Corbett, the director of Hope Border Institute, told CNN.
"About half of them were children and some parents had more than one child with them," he said. "ICE has communicated no drop offs will be taking place tomorrow, and all migrants have been received at different Annunciation House shelters."
    ICE officers dropped off more than 200 undocumented immigrants Sunday night outside a Greyhound bus terminal in El Paso without an apparent plan for housing them, police said.
    Dozens more were dropped off at the station Monday, according to US Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar, D-Texas.
    "I believe it was around 60 (on Monday), so thankfully it was a more manageable number than the 200 the day before," Escobar told CNN.
    The man Escobar is replacing in Congress, US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, said in a Facebook post Tuesday that another 200 people were to be released on Christmas Day and more than 500 on Wednesday.
    His post included photos of migrants receiving assistance from volunteers at a shelter.
    "Kids who arrived sick getting medical care, families able to have a Christmas meal together," he wrote.
    In another post on Christmas Eve, O'Rourke said ICE initially "dropped the ball" by not notifying the community of the release of hundreds of migrants at the Greyhound station over the weekend.
    Honduran and Guatemalan migrants were dropped off at the Rockhouse Café and Gallery in downtown El Paso to wait for buses to shelters, CNN affiliate KFOX reported Tuesday.
    The migrants were serenaded by local musicians and given food and water while they waited, the station reported.
    Escobar told CNN the number Wednesday could be 500, with another 500 possible on Thursday. "We never know until that very day, but that's what we're expecting," she said.
    She called the numbers a "significant uptick," saying El Paso sees about 2,000 migrants a week, with the nonprofit shelter Annunciation House accepting about 200 a day. Escobar said the migrants released at the bus station Sunday and Monday were in addition to 200 people Annunciation House accepted each of those days.
    O'Rourke, who is being touted as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020 after losing his November bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent part of Monday assisting migrants in an El Paso park near the bus station.
    "We'd love to be able to get those beds ready so that folks, as you can see around us, are just sitting on the pavement and some have been here now for a couple of hours," O'Rourke said in the video. "We'd love for them to get to a shelter where there's food waiting for them, where there are beds waiting for them, and where they can call family members to let them know they're OK.
    "Many of those we're seeing right now have been in detention for the last seven or eight days, they may not have had contact with family, and in some cases don't even totally know where they are in the United States."