Albuquerque City Council approves $250,000 to assist migrants | KOB 4

Albuquerque City Council approves $250,000 to assist migrants

Joshua Panas
May 06, 2019 10:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Albuquerque City Council approved a proposal to provide $250,000 to assist migrants.

Six councilors voted in favor of the proposal. However, Brad Winter, Trudy Jones and Don Harris opposed the measure, which uses money from the general fund.

The $250,000 will be used for contracts with nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other groups to provide things like food, shelter, and medical care for migrants.

The organizations said donations have not been enough to deal with the influx of asylum-seekers. Since March, 2,000 migrants have been processed in Albuquerque.

An amendment took out the part of the original proposal that called for some of the money to be used for a full-time Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs position.

Mayor Tim Keller's Statement

"For the last several months, Burqueños of every faith, ethnicity, and background have come together where the federal government has failed, to make sure the asylum seekers traveling legally through our community have the basic needs of human dignity met.

"As the only major hub city in the state with significant air and ground transport, the reality is that asylum seekers will be traveling through Albuquerque whether we help them or they are simply left on the streets. So the question is ‘how,’ not 'whether,’ we are going to handle the effects of what is happening at the border.

“In our city, the volunteers and organizations already helping are our neighbors, our communities of faith, and often our friends and family. With the council’s funding, we will be able to fill a vital leadership role to coordinate their humanitarian efforts. Supporting our friends and neighbors who are doing the right thing while we continue to prioritize our community's own challenges is not an ‘either/or’ question. We are going to continue our critical public safety work while also standing for the families lawfully traveling through the Duke City to join their sponsors around the country and seek a better life.”


Joshua Panas

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