U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, announced May 5 that the city of San Antonio and two local nonprofits, Catholic Charities San Antonio and United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, are receiving a total of $48 million to help migrants arriving in San Antonio.
According to Cuellar, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board announced the allocation of $39.7 million to Catholic Charities, $1.58 million to United Way and $6.74 million to the city.
Cuellar said while the U.S. Department of Homeland Security works to restore order along the U.S.-Mexico border, the newly distributed federal funds will reimburse the city in operating the local Migrant Resource Center and support the two nonprofits with their ongoing efforts to aid migrants.
“With the current influx of migrants, local governments and organizations have been on the front lines providing support to our men and women on the ground,” Cuellar said in a statement. “These efforts have not been in vain, and they are helping alleviate some of the pressure at our processing facilities. However, they do come at a great cost to our local entities.”