Harlingen Responds to Immigrant Surge

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Texas lawmakers passing a resolution declaring a state of emergency in response to a mass increase of migrants along the U.S.- Mexico border. The state senate says it supports President Trump in his efforts to deploy personnel and erecting barriers where needed.

Meanwhile local authorities are beginning to assist at valley shelters as migrants continue to arrive.

It’s called Senate Resolution 535. In short, the migrant crisis along the U.S.- Mexico border is something that the Texas senate is calling a State of Emergency. Meanwhile in the Rio Grande Valley. Efforts continue to support the migrants arriving at local shelters and bus stations. 

Irma Garza, Public Relations Officer – City of Harlingen, “These people are looking to move out of the Valley as fast as possible. The majority already have a bus ticket. They’re just waiting to get on a bus.”

The Harlingen spokesperson tells us they continue to support local non-profits during this humanitarian response. The city is reaching out to its corporate partners like H-E-B and Walmart and put them in contact with non-profits to help them meet the high demand of products at shelters.

The city reports that Border Patrol is also transporting immigrants to the local bus station. Where they claim an increased police presence. 

“We’ve increased our patrols in the downtown area. Our bus station is in the downtown area. We want immigrants in the area to feel safe and we also want our community to feel safe as well.” Says Garza.
When asked about the senate’s emergency declaration, in a statement Mayor Boswell says, “I agree and support efforts to provide the Border Patrol and Customs the resources they need to maintain security along our Border.”

Even though the senate declares the migrant crisis an emergency, it does not specify what resources if any Texas will be providing to aid border security.

The city of Harlingen has received about 200 migrants since March 28.

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