EDINBURGH, TX (ValleyCentral) – Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez, alongside health officials, will hold a press conference to take stock of COVID-19 and immigration.
Judge Cortez will be joined by Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldaña, Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr Ivan Melendez, and Hidalgo County Administrative Director of Health and Social Services , Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez.
The press conference is scheduled for 10:30 am and will be broadcast live in this article.
On Monday August 2, Hidalgo County signed a local disaster declaration due to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases that may be among asylum-seeking migrants.
“US Customs and Border Protection are releasing alarming numbers of immigrants to the town of McAllen,” the statement said.
The statement also noted that nonprofit agencies and the town of McAllen are overwhelmed by the increase in the number of migrant asylum seekers. and can no longer provide the necessary care.
In an interview with ValleyCentral, Judge Cortez said no one at the federal level had contacted them.
“I haven’t heard a single word from the White House. I haven’t heard a single word from the federal government, ”Cortez said.
McAllen town mayor Javier Villalobos also issues a disaster declaration.
“We have a process through Catholic charities of 500 to 600 immigrants a day, all of a sudden we’re dealing with or getting 1,500 to even last night about 1,800 immigrants,” Villalobos said. .
Tents were erected by the town of McAllen on Wednesday to help provide shelter for migrants as Catholic charities in the Rio Grande Valley reach capacity.