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Oscar Montoya, Hidalgo County's emergency management coordinator, said as the Federal Emergency Management Agency works on a plan for the area, local officials believe cities, counties and charities that have responded to what President Barack Obama called a "humanitarian crisis" should be paid back.

"That was an emergency grant for our partners in the community so they could provide immediate assistance," said Thelma Garza with the United Way of South Texas. "We knew if (reimbursement) came in, it will take a while."

McAllen's sentiment on paying for the crisis response is shared by Hidalgo County, as well.

been working with us and been very cooperative. The cities, the counties, the church are all working together. The issue is should we be footing the bill for this?"

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"We're hoping, because the taxpayers in McAllen did not anticipate or create this problem, that at some point the other levels of government would hopefully reimburse us for that," Pagan said.

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68K local bill for immigrant crisis response

McALLEN City and Hidalgo County officials said they are happy to provide Catholic Charities with resources for the Central American immigrants flocking to the Sacred Heart Church downtown. They just don't think local funds should foot the bill.

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The immigrants receive a change of clothes provided by local donations that are now being collected by Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley in Pharr. They eat meals prepared by the Salvation Army and receive a brown bag lunch for their bus journey north prepared by Catholic Charities.

considering all options on how to best respond to the issues surrounding the influx of Central American immigrants that cross the border illegally.

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The city is paying for gas and bus driver payroll hours to shuttle people mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to the church after they are dropped off at the bus station.

"We feel we shouldn't have to be paying for it local taxpayers should not be paying for it," Montoya said. "We have no problem with Border Patrol. They have Adidas Cap Blue Red

If the immigrants need to spend the night, they can bunk down on some of the 50 cots on loan from the City of Mission in the air conditioned tent provided by the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force or the emergency unit provided by the City of Weslaco. The $68,000 estimate does not include items like these that are on loan from other cities or entities, Pagan said.

McAllen City Attorney Kevin Pagan estimated the cost to the city and Hidalgo County to provide services to the influx of immigrants at $68,000 since June 13. He said it was difficult to nail down an exact figure because some costs, like payroll, will be delayed.

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At issue is whether the city or county will ever see any of the money spent on this humanitarian effort reimbursed. Pagan said while the city is now using the general fund to pay for the unbudgeted expenses, they may have to dip into the reserve fund or other funds if it continues.

Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies were overseeing the church operation early on, but have since been replaced with McAllen employees that are not there all New Era Carolina Panthers the time, but are on call.

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United Way gave the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities each an emergency grant of $5,000 to buy food for the meals on June 12.

At the church, the immigrants can take a three minute hot shower provided in one of the two mobile shower units provided by the city and the county. They can use the mobile restroom not portable toilets, but rather a more sophisticated system with lights run by a McAllen owned generator.

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