Congressman Cuellar secures $60 million for humanitarian reimbursements

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Henry Cuellar announcing that $60 million has been secured in the FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Border Emergency Supplemental for reimbursements to local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California that have incurred costs for providing humanitarian relief to the many migrants seeking asylum at the border. This funding, which comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via a grant, will reimburse expenses related to providing unaccompanied children and immigrant adults accompanied by a minor with food, water, hygiene products, medicine, medical supplies, temporary housing, and transportation.

“The humanitarian crisis at the southern border has placed an enormous strain on our border, including our local governments and non-profits,” said Congressman Cuellar. These entities are providing humanitarian relief to the thousands of migrants being dropped off by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at shelters, churches, and bus stations. The incredibly high volume of migrants being released from federal custody who require lodging, meals, and medical assistance are overwhelming support resources.

“I fought hard for appropriation language that allows our local communities to be reimbursed with federal dollars for the humanitarian assistance being provided from local sources. These reimbursements to local governments and organizations will allow for continuous humane treatment of migrants by providing them with basic needs such as food, water and medicine as they travel to their destinations where they will continue their immigration court proceedings.

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