The mayor of a Texas border city mentioned Tuesday that President Biden’s immigration insurance policies may flip right into a “humanitarian crisis,” asserting his neighborhood wants assist from the federal authorities to take care of immigrants touring by way of the world.
On “America’s Newsroom,” Harlingen, Texas Mayor Chris Boswell mentioned the state of affairs may develop into “dangerous” if sources should not accessible for migrants, notably unaccompanied minors.
Regardless of immigration coverage falling beneath the jurisdiction of the federal authorities, Boswell mentioned the “burden” of rising immigration numbers trickles all the way down to the native authorities, which oftentimes lacks the capital or lodging crucial.
CHRIS BOSWELL: “It certainly can turn into a humanitarian crisis. We’ve seen this before a few years ago. When the unaccompanied minors, in particular, come to our communities, they don’t have any place to go … we have shelters that have been operating in our communities, including Harlingen for a number of years. These traditional shelters operate well and safely for unaccompanied minors. When there is such an influx it really can be a dangerous situation …
These are decisions made by the federal government and should be handled by the federal government, but they turn into problems for local governments because about three weeks ago the border patrol told us in McAllen, Brownsville, and Harlingen that they would be releasing primarily families into our communities …This is not their final destination.
They’re being released into Brownsville, McAllen, and Harlingen because we have airports and bus stations and we also have charity facilities. And so when those charity facilities can’t accommodate them, then we have to provide additional accommodations for them. Our city council has opened up one of our facilities, the community center, in case our local charity ‘Loaves and Fishes’ needs that additional space. So that becomes a burden and an expense on the local governments. Our local governments really need to have help from the federal government to respond to the release of these immigrants into our communities.”
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