New bill to reimburse $30M to Texas communities for migrant care

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee announced an agreement on a border supplemental package, which includes $30 million available for reimbursements to local governments, states, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for migrant care through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Sen. Cornyn sent a letter Tuesday to key appropriators requesting this inclusion after hearing from many local Texas officials and non-profits that due to increased border crossings in recent months, local governments and NGOs have had to spend significant resources on services typically provided by the federal government.

“In the absence of federal resources, local communities in Texas have been providing transportation, food, and shelter for migrants in need,” said Sen. Cornyn. “With increased crossings at our southern border, their resources are drained and funds for critical services like public safety and utilities are taking a hit. Through these reimbursements, we can take the burden off local communities and NGOs.”

The information in this article is from a press release from Drew Brandewie and Libby Hambleton Sharp with the Texas Press Secretary.