Brownsville using federal funds to test migrants for COVID-19

1 year 3 days 21 hours ago Thursday, August 05 2021 Aug 5, 2021 August 05, 2021 11:58 AM August 05, 2021 in News - Local

The city of Brownsville is using more than $3 million in taxpayer money to test migrants for COVID-19.

That money, Channel 5 News learned, isn’t coming from the local budget.

"No funding from the city whatsoever,” city spokesman Felipe Romero said. “We're receiving funding from FEMA and federal dollars."

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The city of Brownsville has handled the increase of migrants differently than other cities like McAllen. Humanitarian organizations in Brownsville say they see groups of up to 300 migrants come through this city bus terminal where they're also offered a chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Covid tests are done by temporary contractors paid with $3.5 million given to the city by FEMA. Vaccines offered to the public free of charge at the bus station come from a non-profit called Dignity LLC.

Channel 5 News also reached out to Border Patrol to ask how many migrants have been dropped off at the migrant tent facility in the past few weeks. We’ll update that information when they respond.

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