Border city's mayor states taxpayer money won't help immigrants
POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:17am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:19am
Laredo, Texas (KRGV) — City leaders in Laredo, Texas, said they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody.
Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas stated hundreds of illegal immigrants are released at Laredo's bus station daily. Some faith based groups are offering services to the immigrants and he said that's fine, but the city has to look out for its own citizens.
"What's going to happen when the faith organizations run out of money? When the donations no longer come, when you no longer have volunteers the burden will be on cities," he told reporters. "We're not going to raise taxes. If use some tax money and we're strapped for money now, are we going to get reimbursed? And that's the challenge that we face."
Mayor Salinas stated the city of Laredo hasn't received any federal funding to cover costs associated with the influx of illegal immigrants.