Torres Small Introduces Reimbursement Bill

A BILL DESIGNED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES TO BE REIMBURSED FOR CARING FOR MIGRANTS ALONG THE BORDER WITH MEXICO HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSWOMAN XOCHITL TORRES SMALL. THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL REPORTS THE MEASURE INCLUDES MORE FUNDING AND EXTENDS THE DATE THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, CHURCH GROUPS AND NON-PROFITS CAN BE REIMBURSED FOR HUMANITARIAN AID.

TORRES SMALL TELLS THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL SOME OF THE CHALLENGES ARE RELATED TO PROCEDURES. SHE SAYS MANY NON-PROFITS SAY MIGRANT FAMILIES ARE BEING DROPPED OFF BY THE BORDER PATROL AT LOCATIONS WHERE THERE’S NO INFRASTRUCTURE TO GIVE THEM TEMPORARY SHELTER OR GET THEM TO A BUS STATION OR AIRPORT SO THEY CAN GET WHERE IMMIGRATION PROCEEDINGS ARE HELD. TORRES SMALL’S BILL SAYS IT WOULD REQUIRE COMMUNITIES TO BE GIVEN EIGHT HOURS NOTICE BEFORE IMMIGRANTS ARE DROPPED AT THEIR DOOR STEP.

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