Mayor Ron Nirenberg says city council will look at backup funding plan for Migrant Resource Center

Facility opened in 2021 and is funded by federal dollars

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is pushing for more help with the Migrant Resource Center and said the bipartisan border security bill could bring relief.

Nirenberg and several other mayors met with President Joe Biden in Brownsville on Thursday.

The mayor told KSAT that Biden asked about the impact of the migrant crisis on San Antonio.

“He asked us how it’s going, and I reported to him that it is a challenge,” Nirenberg said. “Our migrant Resource Center is funded by our federal government. It is operated locally and funded by our federal government. And those funds will only last so long.”

WATCH BELOW: San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks with KSAT after meeting with President Biden

The city opened the facility in the summer of 2021 as a temporary resource.

“How much longer will the Migrant Resource Center be operating in San Antonio?” asked reporter Daniela Ibarra.

“Well, I will tell you we have resources to operate that facility,” Nirenberg said. “But they’re finite.”

Nirenberg said city council members would talk about contingency plans and see a presentation on Thursday to discuss how long the funds would last.

But, the mayor believes the federal government can do more.

“This border issue is so very frustrating, Daniela, because it is less an immigration crisis as it is a political crisis,” Nirenberg said.

Like the president, Nirenberg is pushing for the passage of the bipartisan border bill.

“It’s very frustrating, but we’re going to continue to fight to make sure that congressional leaders hear us and that ultimately they do the right thing for the American public,” he said.

About the Authors

Daniela Ibarra joined the KSAT News team in July 2023. This isn’t her first time in the KSAT newsroom– the San Antonio native spent the summer of 2017 as an intern. Daniela is a proud Mean Green alum, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas.

Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.

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