Commissioners Force Respite Center To Relocate

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The Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley are being forced to vacate their respite center in McAllen.

City Commissioners made that decision a few hours ago. 

At tonight’s city commissioners meeting, McAllen residents voiced their opposition to having the respite center operate in their neighborhood, on Second street and Hackberry Avenue. 

The site serves hundreds of immigrants who cross the border through Mexico daily.

Residents cited traffic problems and safety issues. 

“We’re not against what the Catholic Charities does in helping immigrants. It’s just beginning to cause a lot of problems for my neighbors and I who live here, the border patrol busses in people four, five, sometimes even six times a day, causing huge traffic problems”. Says Eduardo De La Rosa a McAllen resident.

City Officials have given the Catholic Charities 90 days to relocate.

Commissioners say they will be helping in finding a new location that is not in a residential place. 

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