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Migrants in Jacumba being cleared out

JACUMBA, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The town of Jacumba Hot Springs, west of Imperial County, is seeing what almost every other border town is also experiencing after the end of Title 42.

Last week, the small town of about 500 residents experienced an influx of about 1,000 migrants.

Through social media the town of Jacumba Hot Springs was able to connect with many cities to help migrants in search of a better life in the United States.

That's when the owners of the Jacumba Hot Springs took to social media to plead for help.

Everyone that volunteered and made it all happened just through instagram and our friends... I mean it’s crazy what the power of good people can do," said David L., business owner in Jacumba Hot Springs.

Residents from all over the country including San Diego and Imperial County came to donate and help some of these migrants who some spent several days under the hot sun.

One of those volunteers is a San Diego resident who helped donate clothes to migrant children and says she had never seen anything like this.

"She haven’t had water in two to three days... she looked at me with the most beautiful face so when I turned around and was grabbed and hugged me and she did not want to let go,” said Dannielle Cobb, a volunteer and business owner in San Diego.

A migrant who comes with his wife and daughter from colombia says they came to the united states for numerous reasons. But the main one is for the health of his daughter.

"My daughter's operation she has a small tumor in one of her eyes... cancerous we don't know," said Harol Sanchez who comes from Colombia.

Others sending positive messages to other migrants.

"Do not lose faith or hope... hope is the last thing to be lost," said Edwin Sanchez, who comes from Colombia.

One of the owners say she is grateful that everyone came together.  

“In 24 hours, what we were capable of doing just through the goodness of other people's heart is honestly in my opinion miraculous, so we just thank everyone for donating and for spending time here we are so grateful because I know we saved lives, stated Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel Owner Melissa Strukel.

The owner of the hotel says now they have enough donations.

Border Patrol buses are starting to arrive to take migrants to a detention facility.

Article Topic Follows: Immigration

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