Senator John Cornyn announced Friday that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) awarded more than $2.9 million to local communities in Texas for migrant care.
According to a release, this is the first round of reimbursement for migrant care to be disbursed nationwide. While Texas received over $2 million, $7.8 million was disbursed nationally by the EFSP.
“Texas saw the majority of migrant apprehensions and received nearly 40 percent of the funding in this first round,” states the release.
The money is intended for local communities at the border that spent a significant amount of their resources for the care of migrants within recent months.
in a release, Senator Cornyn says:
No one is surprised that Texas communities have gone above and beyond to care for migrants crossing the southern border in record numbers, putting their own needs on hold to help others, but since they’ve had to fill a role traditionally held by the federal government during this humanitarian crisis, I’m pleased border communities and the non-profits that serve them are receiving reimbursement for their expenses.
Below is a list of counties and organizations in the Rio Grande Valley that were reimbursed:
Cameron County, TX – Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley$3,184.32
Cameron County, TX – CITY OF BROWNSVILLE$197,309.93
Cameron County, TX – Good Neighbor Settlement House$175,992.07
Cameron County, TX – Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville$6,198.31
Cameron County, TX – Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.$16,934.52
Cameron County, TX – La Posada Providencia$29,147.51
Hidalgo County, TX – United Way of South Texas$2,599.32
Hidalgo County, TX – Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley$601,557.88
Hidalgo County, TX – Salvation Army Corps Center$108,371.25