US Rep. Gonzalez announces funding gearing up for migrant influx

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Vicente Gonzalez (Courtesy: Congressman Vicente Gonzalez/Facebook)

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, whose district includes Cameron, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy counties and eastern Hidalgo County, announced the allocation of $38.2 million in funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program-Humanitarian Program through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Entities in South Texas that will receive funding include the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley, $13.1 million; the city of Brownsville, $6.2 million; and the city of McAllen, $5.7 million.

“It’s past time for federal resources to be allocated to our community,” he stated. “It shouldn’t be incumbent upon our local governments and organizations to bear the brunt of the financial burden as border communities. I am pleased by the recent efforts put forth by the Biden administration to mitigate the impact of the influx of migrants at our southern border, but we can do more.”

This funding was approved through Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which Gonzalez voted for.

The program will allocate more than $332.5 million in funding to 35 local governments and service organizations to help support DHS’s multi-agency plan to manage increased encounters at the southern border as the Title 42 public health order lifts.