Non-FEMA Funds Available For Local Entities Providing Support To Migrants

Travelers, left, waiting in line to cross a customs area into the United States at the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge look on as a group of migrants, right, are deported to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Federal financial assistance outside of FEMA is available for local entities that are providing support services to the thousands of young migrants crossing the border into Texas.

South Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar says the Emergency Food and Shelter Program received another $110 million through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

As reported by the McAllen Monitor, EFSP funds would be available through an application process to counties, cities, and non-governmental organizations that are providing resources such as coronavirus testing, masks, as well as shelter, food, and transportation for the young migrants.

The Biden administration has offered FEMA funding to reimburse those local expenditures, but Governor Greg Abbott has refused to accept it.

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