As thousands of immigrants continue coming to the border seeking asylum, cities, and nonprofit organizations use large amounts of resources to assist with the surge, and some may finally be receiving reimbursement from the federal government.
For the past couple of months federal agents have been dropping off migrants at bus stations, churches and shelters, including at The Good Neighbor Settlement House who hopes to receive some of that funding.
The nonprofit organization is among the charities in the Rio Grande Valley who has been receiving hundreds of migrants, and spending thousands of dollars to assist them on their journey and have not received any reimbursement.
“We will definitely want to see if we can qualify to get some assistance because that has eaten into our budget that we weren’t expecting,” said Belinda Bradford, Assistant Director at Good Neighbor Settlement House.
Last week, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced $60 million has been secured for reimbursements to local governments and non-governmental organizations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California that have experienced costs for providing humanitarian relief to those seeking asylum at the border. Funding that comes the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I asked all the local nonprofit cities and counties to make sure that they’re keeping receipt of everything that you’re providing,” Cuellar said during a phone call press conference.
The grant will reimburse expenses food, water, hygiene products, medicine, medical supplies, temporary housing, and transportation at this point, it is unclear which non-profits will be receiving money.
Congressman Cuellar also promises to allocate more resources to address the situation at the border, including hiring additional Department of Homeland Security personnel and immigration judges at the border.