McAllen City officials are finding solutions to help with the overflow of immigrant families. There has been an increase of families who have been going through the respite center.
Last week, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley had to relocate several of the families staying overnight to one of their facilities in Alamo. The McAllen Emergency Management Coordinator says they’ve been able to find additional locations in the city to house some of the families if needed. The city and Catholic charities are also working closely with federal agencies. They’re making sure they can accommodate all the families released from federal custody.
Kevin Pagan, McAllen Emergency Management Coordinator, “We’ve been working on our communication with our federal partners. If they can help us know, at least earlier in the day, what the numbers are going to look like so that we can anticipate. This way, if we do have to pull the trigger on one of those locations, it’s going to take us a little time to get ready and get going… But we’re prepared.”
Currently the respite center is helping between 100 and 200 hundred immigrant families per day.