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Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:32 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:00 PM

McALLEN - McAllen City Attorney Kevin Pagan says the city is not declaring a state of emergency for the humanitarian crisis since there is currently no threat to public health, and no increase in crime within the city.

Pagan said city officials hope to get federal help without declaring an emergency.

Pagan said the option is re-evaluated daily. He said it's not something that should be taken lightly.

"Declaring an emergency is not an automatic path to resources. Not declaring it doesn't mean that we don't get resources. We're trying to work hand-in-hand with the state and federal government to reimburse us for what the taxpayers have already given up," Pagan said.

Topics: kevin pagan, mcallen, emergency, immigration

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