Humanitarian Crisis

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 06/24/2019

I'm sure I don't need to tell you how dire the situation at our southern border is these days. It's hard to turn on the TV without hearing about it.

But one side of the story we don't hear about is what this influx of migrants is doing to our border communities and other cities in Texas that often bear the brunt of this surge.

Texas has gone above and beyond the call of duty in meeting the needs of transitioning asylum seekers, UACs, and migrants through the diversion of millions of dollars in local taxpayer funds to provide transportation, food, and housing.

These precious funds have been diverted away from their traditional, intended purpose such as providing clean drinking water, power, and public safety needs. Instead, these resources are being used to fill a role that has traditionally been filled by the Federal government.

This week Congress stepped up as a key committee approved additional resources, including $30 million in reimbursement for local communities.

Through these reimbursements, we can take the burden off local communities.

As Texans continue to bear the brunt of this humanitarian crisis, I will keep working to address the issues at the border and fighting to ensure our communities aren’t left to fend for themselves.