In letter to FEMA, Gallego says he wants more aid for border communities helping asylum seekers

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 3:46pm

In a new letter this week, U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego says federal funding allotments for communities helping asylum seekers from the border should be reconsidered.

The money came from FEMA, which announced a new round of funding earlier this month for nonprofits and municipalities helping asylum seekers. The allotment included more than $23 million for organizations and counties in Arizona. 

But in his letter to FEMA, Gallego says the new funding round increases the amount of money going to non-border states and communities. He says Arizona’s nonprofits and border counties are being left short on the resources needed to respond to asylum seekers arriving at the border, and residents who live there.

He’s asking the agency to reconsider its current funding allotment, and to increase funding to border communities in the next round of funding later this summer.

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