Pastor says Phoenix churches' resources are stretched when it comes to asylum seekers

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- For months, a number of local churches have tried to aid asylum seekers awaiting court hearings after surrendering at the border, but now, many are saying they simply don't have the resources to help the hundreds of people being dropped off in Phoenix by ICE.

With the asylum seekers, they usually surrender legally at the border, and ICE gives them a court date. Then, they are dropped off to try and make contact with a relative or friend. In the meantime, many of them are in need of food and water. Churches try to help, but they can only do so much. Now, they're saying migrants are being left on the street.

"Right now, it's overwhelming," said Pastor Magdalena Schwartz.

Pastor Schwartz has been helping asylum-seeking families with food and shelter, through a series of Valley churches.

"The number of people increase from last two months, so it's a lot of people, a lot of work," said Pastor Schwartz.

Unfortunately, every church has its limit, and Schwartz says many have reached it, and are unable to provide for asylum seekers

"This is the reality in Arizona," said Pastor Schwartz. "We have a humanitarian crisis here, and a lot of people they don't have no idea, no idea, how it is."

Schwartz says that the government has now resorted to dropping migrant families off at bus stations. She has reached out to Phoenix City Councilmember Sal DiCciccio's office for help.

"Unfortunately, all her churches are full. DHS says apparently, according to her, they started dropping them off at the Greyhound station, and Greyhound objected. So now, according to her, they're dropping them on the street, no assistance at all, which is unbelievable," said Councilmember DiCiccio's Chief of Staff, Sam Stone.

With no help from the Federal government. The fear is that an already strapped city will have to figure out what to do.

"You're essentially creating an entire new class of homeless people right here in Phoenix," said Stone. "As a city, we don't have the resources to deal with the homeless problem we already have, much less an entirely new one being foisted on us by the Federal government."

"If we want to continue to do this -- we want to continue to help ICE with these families -- we need more help, more churches, more financial resources, more funds to keep doing this," said Pastor Schwartz.

DiCiccio's office stressed that residents have no reason for fear, but they say they want people to reach out to any official they can, and demand a fix to the situation.