MCALLEN, Texas – Congressman Henry Cuellar held a press conference at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen.
Cuellar was expected to give an update on the $30 million for humanitarian reimbursement to local government and non-profits.
According to Congressman Cuellar the $30 million in funding will soon be made available, and his message to the local municipalities and non-profits is to get your receipts ready.
“To make sure that they put emphasis here, especially right here in the Rio Grande Valley. Because this is where most of the work has been done,” says Congressman Cuellar.
It was a joint effort between Congressman Henry Cuellar and U.S. Texas Senator John Cornyn to secure those $30 million in funding into the fiscal year 2019 emergency supplemental appropriations bill which was signed into law earlier this summer.
Cuellar has changed the way emergency funds are distributed by creating a separate fund and bypassing the state to distribute the money.
Cities like McAllen have absorbed the brunt of immigrant cost, already spending more than a million dollars.
“And unfortunately, that model didn’t work because in the last five years the state of Texas has received over $100 million and the only thing that was reimbursed was $400 thousand to the McAllen area,” Says Congressman Cuellar.
Still being worked out is the application process and just how exactly those funds will be distributed among the affected areas.
Cuellar did say reimbursements would focus first on food and shelter and reimbursements for transporting migrants is something still being discussed.
Cuellar said application process for municipalities and non-profits to be able to apply has no definite timeline but says it will be soon.
Municipalities and non-profits will only be able to submit receipts for migrant cost beginning January 1st.