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Posted: Jun 23, 2014 3:27 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:09 PM

EDINBURG - Hidalgo County leaders say they are trying to dispel rumors that have surfaced amid the surge in illegal immigration in the region.

Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia and McAllen Mayor Jim Darling hosted a meeting to address residents' concerns.

County officials confirmed that approximately 40,000 illegal immigrants, mostly Central Americans, were detained in the region during May. Twenty percent of those detained are unaccompanied minors. Officials said the numbers are alarming. Still, they said the surge in illegal immigration has not significantly impacted county resources and funds.

Garcia said area residents have called the county to express concerns about the immigrants.

"I don't know how many phone calls we got from members of the county and members of the media concerning, in one case, measles," Garcia said.

"Everybody was saying: ‘Is it true that there are 250 kids out there being quarantined for measles?' Of course, it was not true," Garcia said.

"We don't know how the rumors got started, but there absolutely zero cases of measles as a result of this border influx of migration coming from Central America," Garcia said.

County officials say eight staff members are devoted to help with the humanitarian crisis.

Topics: ramon garcia, jim darling, immigration, hidalgo county

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