One Step Closer

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 06/28/2019

We’re one step closer to addressing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border – but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

I'm happy to report that Congress has passed a bill to help fund border security efforts and reimburse Texas communities hit by the recent influx of migrants. 

Make no mistake – this is a crisis. 

Over the past three consecutive months, the number of illegal border crossings along the southern border has hit six figures – something we haven’t seen since 2006 – and Texas has been hit hardest. We’ve surpassed the monthly number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the height of 2014 – when former President Obama called it a crisis. 

Texas communities have gone above and beyond the call of duty, expending resources to provide food and shelter for migrants in need, and in many cases paying for it with local taxpayer dollars. That isn’t right. The federal government has traditionally filled this role. 

With the $30 million in federal reimbursement included in this bill, Texas communities and non-profits will be able to return their focus to serving the community the way they know best. 

I'm proud to see this bill pass through both the House and the Senate, and I look forward to the President signing it.

Texas communities have been hit hard by this humanitarian crisis, and I'm glad they're going to get the help they need.