FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/23/2014
Federal, State and Local Officials Meet To Discuss the Humanitarian Crisis in the Rio Grande Valley
MCALLEN, TX – State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (McAllen) along with other officials met today to discuss the current humanitarian crisis in the Rio Grande Valley caused by the recent influx of undocumented children and families from Central America. In attendance were Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, City of McAllen Mayor Darling; the county health department, law enforcement officials, local volunteers, along with State Representatives’ Richard Raymond, Oscar Longoria and Sergio Munoz were all in attendance to address humanitarian efforts being made along the border.
Although securing the U.S. border is under the jurisdiction of the federal government, we are left with the reality of more than 47,000 unaccompanied Central American women and children who have entered into our country illegally. It has been through volunteers, private donations, church organizations and the local city government who have had to ultimately take on the responsibility and respond to the humanitarian needs.
“We need to ensure that our local leaders who are on the front line have access to the resources they require, and as a state we need to take politics out of this crisis and make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens, as well as those who are here now,” stated Representative Guerra.
Local and state agencies have all worked cooperatively during this time of need. However, the main focus is to ensure sustainability of resources are being met at the local and state level. Presently, the situation is being maintained, due in large part to our local volunteers, cities and state agencies tireless efforts. However, this is only a temporary fix. The federal government’s assistance is necessary in order for our local cities and officials to have sustainable resources for the long-term.
“The City of McAllen and surrounding cities have been depleting their emergency funding reserves to combat this crisis and we need to ensure that the costs of this crisis are not burdened by those who choose to be proactive and assist with the humanitarian needs in the Rio Grande Valley region. Today, we had productive conversations on how we can ensure the public health and safety needs are being properly met, and how the costs incurred from this humanitarian crisis will be reimbursed by the federal government and possibly the state” said Representative Guerra.
Later today, Representatives’ Guerra, Raymond, Longoria, and Munoz joined Senator Wendy Davis and toured one of the secondary housing facilities located at a Border Patrol Station in McAllen. A press conference was later held by Senator Davis to address the public’s concerns and the state’s efforts during these special circumstances that are occurring along our Texas borders.
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