The City of Brownsville announced today that as the end of Title 42 is imminent, it is prepared and organized to handle the recent influx of migrants passing through the City and maintaining the community safe. In recent days, the City has enacted enhanced and comprehensive measures to ensure that the migrant influx is managed effectively and humanely.
Most recently on May 4th, the Brownsville City Commission approved to extend a “Declaration of Local Disaster” (https://www.brownsvilletx.gov/) initially executed on April 27th, in response to the migrant influx occurring South of Brownsville. As part of its proactive and strategic response, the City called for collaboration:
- Local, County, State and Federal Government Support: City leaders sent letters to state representatives, Governor Greg Abbott, and federal government agencies for support with truck traffic inspections that have led to impact the local economy, supply chain, and need for additional emergency health services.
On May 11th, at 11:40AM, the Cameron County Office of Emergency Management advised that Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. signed a disaster declaration (https://www.cameroncountytx.gov/) for Cameron County due to the imminent threat of the current "Border Security Disaster." This is in preparation for any City, within Cameron County, that may need support as stated in the communication.
In preparation for the migrant influx, the City has proactively put in place a highly coordinated effort in partnership with multiple organizations to ensure the City continues to operate smoothly and that the needs of the community and migrants are met. The City ramped up its efforts, which included enhancing its public safety and health infrastructure, increasing personnel in key areas, and implementing detailed contingency plans.