Texas towns along the southern border are losing their quality of life due to the immigration crisis, and now they are also unable to utilize federal funding for their benefit.
Susan Kibbe, executive director of South Texans’ Property Rights Association, testified before a committee on Friday explaining local emergency services are being diverted from local public safety needs to deal with “smuggling pursuits, bail outs and the lost, injured, dehydrated or dead immigrants.”
“The normal daily emergency needs don’t just put themselves on hold until illegal immigration slows down. They just become needs that are unmet,” she added. Residents of Kinney County, Texas, planned to fund a splash pad park for its residents. Instead, their government funds went to create emergency shelters for migrants who illegally cross into the U.S.
While the loss of a “splash pad” may not sound like much, it is a small indication of the larger problem. Funds also must be redirected to increase security to schools due to a high rise in criminal activity.
Officials of Kinney County, Texas, explained the tumultuous scenarios during testimony before the House Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth on Friday. Members of the committee traveled to South Texas to hold a “field hearing.”
Titled “infrastructure Investment: Building Economic Resilience in South Texas” National Review writes of the hearing:
While Democratic members of the committee took the trip to discuss infrastructure in South Texas, Republican members turned their focus to the impact of the border crisis on the region.
Representative Jodey Arrington, a Republican whose district covers parts of West Texas, blasted Democrats’ focus on infrastructure during the hearing.
“The infrastructure that matters most right now is the infrastructure that protects the American people and we are at ground zero of the worst humanitarian public safety and security crisis in the history of our country and we’re talking about roads and bridges,” Arrington said.
“I’d love to have this conversation but that would be like us going to Ukraine and having a hearing about fixing the potholes in the street while the Russians are waging war on the citizens. So, no. We have to talk about this border crisis.”
Smith said before the current border crisis began, Kinney County saw maybe two or three high speed police chases per year. Just last weekend, the county saw ten high speed chases, he said.
The danger has grown so high that the school campus is “now militarized with boulders that surround the campus to prevent cars from high speed car chases from actually entering campus and injuring children,” he said.
“That’s money that should be better spent preparing our children for the jobs of the future,” Ranking member Brian Steil (R., Wis.) told National Review in an interview.
Communities in the area are contending with massive flooding and little-to-no internet access. In the local colonias, there are people living without adequate access to sanitation and fresh water, committee chair Jim Himes said during the hearing.
Steil said that the committee should explore how the federal government can partner with local areas to meet the community’s need for flood infrastructure that will cost millions of dollars.
“But instead what’s so frustrating when I heard from folks here is that the federal government and local resources are being used to address a different crisis and that’s the porous border costing the state of Texas and cities across the Rio Grande Valley millions of dollars each year,” he said during the hearing.
“It’s impacting the ability of towns to afford longterm infrastructure projects and the inaction by the Biden administration is pushing Texans to pay for a federal issue,” he added.
In August, Texas state lawmakers approved nearly $2 billion in additional funding for border security operations, months after lawmakers had already approved $1.05 billion for border security in the spring.
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Over 600 ‘gotaway’ illegal immigrants disappeared into the U.S. in just one weekend
A video shows just one group of over 150 migrants crossing illegally into Eagle Pass, TX. FOX LA’s Bill Melugin reports the group is virtually all adults.
The group of adults crossing was merely one moment in time “as the sun came up” but that scenario occurs non-stop. The Border Patrol in the Del Rio sector explains that an unbelievably high amount of over 600 individuals simply are described as “gotaways.”
That means not only are their whereabouts within the United States completely unknown, but so are their identities. They could be human traffickers, drug smugglers, victims, terrorists, kidnapped children, etc.
Not only did the 600 plus people disappear into the country, but the high number was in just one weekend. News also broke of the arrest of a rapist with a forcible sodomy conviction of a migrant who illegally crossed the border in Virginia.
Another huge single group of 150+ migrants crossed illegally into Eagle Pass, TX as the sun came up this morning. Almost all single adults.
Border Patrol here in Del Rio sector reports 600+ gotaways over wknd & arrest of rapist w/ forcible sodomy conviction in Virginia. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Nmz1bEENyN
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 10, 2022
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