El Paso, Texas – As El Paso County continues to grapple with a surge in immigration across the southern border, the county judge candidate said the government shouldn’t use local taxes to “handle federal failures.”
“The federal government must secure our borders,” said independent candidate Guadalupe Ziner. “They put this burden on El Paso County, and for some reason, the county decided to open a processing center.”
El Paso County Commissioner’s Court approved a $6.8 million contract in September to open a new immigration assistance center near the airport. Same as municipal ones. Migrant Welfare CenterToday, we help coordinate the movement of up to 400 immigrants a day to other cities, many on buses to New York City and Chicago.
The county hopes the processing center will be up and running by early October.
“We’re taking money out of the hands of local taxpayers and putting it into what the federal government owes,” Giner told Fox News.
El Paso County Chief Executive Betsy Keller said at a county commission court meeting on Sept. 19 that the county expects to “receive all funding through FEMA” for the processing center. said. But Keller said FEMA pays out quarterly, so the county has to pay up front.
“If at any time these funds are no longer available, we will immediately go back and notify the court and work to scale back our operations if the court so desires,” she said. I got
Zinner said he was skeptical that local taxpayers wouldn’t be in trouble, especially if immigration slowed and counties were bogged down with long-term leases and contracts.
“We have high property taxes and are one of the poorest communities in Texas,” she said.
in El Paso median household income According to Census Bureau data, income in 2020 was $48,292 and 17.6% of the population lives in poverty. Statewide median household income was $63,826.of Average property tax rate 2.09% in El Paso County compared to the state average of 1.81%.
“What is it that taxpayers, local taxpayers, do not benefit from having to deal with the failure of the federal government?” Zinner asked.
Keller and other city and county officials have repeatedly said the federal government will reimburse all costs. KFOX14 reported the city FEMA said Thursday it could only cover up to 30% of the cost of moving migrants to other cities.
According to KFOX14, the city of El Paso has already spent about $3 million on immigration by bus.
Zinner said he supported Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for sending immigrants to the blue cities.
But El Paso Mayor Oscar Reeser and El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, the Democrats Zinner disagrees with, told Fox News that they have not accepted any help from Abbott regarding busing immigrants. Told.
“We never use them as pawns to send people elsewhere.” Leezer, Democrat, told Fox News. “I want to send it to tell you where you want to go and where you found your friends and family.”
Samaniego said the difference between the city and county of El Paso’s approach is that El Paso officials are coordinating with the community on the receiving end of the bus, rather than leaving immigrants in other cities without warning.
“Then it becomes a political issue, not a crisis,” Samaniego said.
Ultimately, Giner said he condemned the federal government for giving immigrants a “green light.” Trying to lift Title 42, a public health act that allows the United States to suspend the right of immigrants to seek asylum. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked Title 42 shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began.
of Attempts by the Biden Administration It had hoped to end the order earlier this year, but a federal judge temporarily blocked those efforts.
“Everybody wants to go to America. We are the greatest nation on earth,” said Giner. “[But] I don’t want them to come here. It’s very difficult for our community. We have poor communities. we don’t have those resources. ”
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