The City of San Antonio, San Antonio Food Bank, Catholic Charities, and United Way each received federal dollars for migrant-related expenses.
The federal government has released guidelines on how to receive reimbursement for migrant-related expenses, but no cities can apply yet.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) said Monday that federal reimbursement for migrant-related expenses are coming, even if a bit delayed.
Around 300 people held signs, waved flameless candles, and listened to speakers at a Friday evening rally to protest conditions that migrants in detention centers face.
Of a $4.5 billion emergency funding package proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives, $60 million would reimburse cities that helped asylum seekers.
City staff and volunteers assisted around 250 migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, and Angola in the last week.
Most asylum seekers passing through San Antonio have been from Central America. Now, Congolese migrants need help finding a final destination.
Council unanimously approved $141,000 – some of it contingent on private donations – to help the thousands of asylum-seekers passing through San Antonio.
Two arts-oriented benefits aim to help asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America while they await processing in San Antonio.