Hurd Fights for Texas Communities Affected by Migrant Crisis

June 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) is sticking up for border communities by asking for federal reimbursement for expenses incurred by local governments assisting with the ongoing humanitarian crisis on our Southern border. Hurd penned a bipartisan letter urging more funding for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State and Local programs accounts for Southwest border states, and asking that these funds be used to reimburse cities, counties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fulfilling the role of the executive branch while dealing with the influx of migrants in their backyards.

Hurd, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and a bipartisan group of colleagues sent the letter to House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (NY-17) and Ranking Member Kay Granger (TX-12), along with Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Ranking Member Chuck Fleishmann (TN-03).

“Our Texas communities should not be forced to shoulder the costs of dealing with the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. That’s why I am asking the federal government to do what’s right and reimburse our taxpayers. Due to a lack of human resources, DHS has been forced to release thousands of individuals into small communities along our southern border oftentimes without notice to NGOs or local governments,” Hurd wrote. “Local communities should not have to bear the brunt of flawed policies at the border and must be fully compensated both for their humane response and for the security of our citizens, who are dealing with an issue that should be shouldered by federal agencies.”

Ranking Member Kay Granger issued her response today: “The crisis at our Southern border is overwhelming our agencies and localities, and the situation is only getting worse. I agree with my colleague -- we must act now to provide the funds needed to address the humanitarian and security crisis.”

The full letter can be found, PDF iconhere.