Congressional delegations converge on South Texas

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Rows of SUVs line the crowded downtown streets of McAllen, Texas, on Friday afternoon as several congressional delegations began converging upon the Humanitarian Respite Center run by Catholic Charities RGV. (Sandra Sanchez/Border Report.)

The Humanitarian Respite Center run by Catholic Charities RGV will host several congressmen today who are coming to South Texas to tour the migrant situation. The facility is located across from the bus station in a renovated former nightclub. (File photo by Sandra Sanchez/Border Report.)

McALLEN, Texas — Several different groups of lawmakers are traveling to South Texas today — including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — to meet with federal immigration officials and locals as the surge of migrants on the Southwest border continues to rise and as the Trump Administration pushes tougher policies to keep migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

Rows of SUVs line the crowded downtown streets of McAllen, Texas, on Friday afternoon as several congressional delegations began converging upon the Humanitarian Respite Center run by Catholic Charities RGV. (Sandra Sanchez/Border Report.)

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, will be the first to host a roundtable discussion today at 1:30 p.m. at the Humanitarian Respite Center, which is run by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in downtown McAllen. The center has been taking in on average 500 migrants daily and recently relocated to what used to be a nightclub just across the street from the bus station where Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents drop off migrants who have been processed through detention facilities.

Cuellar, who is vice chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, told Border Report earlier this week that he is hosting representatives from several local nonprofit organizations and municipalities to advise them on how to apply for federal reimbursement money for humanitarian care of migrants.

In a statement issued Thursday, he said that the FY19 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which was signed into law earlier this summer, includes $30 million in funding that he helped secure “for direct reimbursements for local governments and NGOs who have incurred massive costs for providing humanitarian relief for children and families seeking asylum at the border.”

Immediately following that, Sen. Schumer is expected to tour the respite facility at 3:30 p.m.

Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the RGV is no stranger to hosting lawmakers. She has given House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi a tour of her facility, and has reported to the United Nations, the White House and the Pope on the goings on in South Texas.

Sister Norma Pimentel talks with a Guatemalan woman and her 1-year-old son on Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. (Sandra Sanchez/Border Report.)

Friday evening, a delegation of up to 11 other congressmen from several different states are expected to meet with federal immigration officials in McAllen.

Contact Sandra Sanchez at SSanchez@BorderReport.com.

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