Cornyn Announces Border Bill to Include $30M Available to Reimburse Texas Communities for Migrant Care

In: All News   Posted 06/19/2019

Follows Cornyn’s Letter to Appropriators Urging Reimbursement

WASHINGTON—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 yesterday 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.”