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Rusk Co. resolution refuses transfer of illegals without approval, federal reimbursement

RUSK CO., August 6, 2014—The Commissioners Court of Rusk County passed a resolution on Monday evening, which refuses the transfer of any illegal immigrants to non-federal facilities in Rusk County without approval from all local governing bodies, including school boards. The resolution also states if approval is given, federal contractual agreements must be executed for reimbursement to those facilities for all housing, education, and maintenance costs incurred.

The resolution, signed by County Judge Joel Hale, Commissioner W.D. “Bill” Hale (Pct. 1), Commissioner Mike Pepper (Pct. 2), Commissioner Freddy Swann (Pct. 3), Commissioner Harold Howell (Pct. 4), and attested by County Cler Joyce Lewis-Kugle, is as follows:

Resolution No. 2014-08-01-CC

A RESOLUTION OF THE RUSK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

WHERAS, the citizens of Rusk County are greatly concerned regarding the ongoing massive influx of illegal immigrants seeking unauthorized entry to the United States; and

WHEREAS, the federal government is actively seeking more locations within Texas towns and counties to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS, the increasing volume of illegal immigrants is already bankrupting some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and

WHEREAS, without a secure border Texas cities and counties cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens; and

WHEREAS, the care and custody of these minors is a responsibility of the federal government.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Commissioners Court of Rusk County, Texas does hereby request that no illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors be transferred to non-federal facilities in Rusk County unless the affected local governments, including cities, county, and school districts, have approved the transfer and contractual agreements have been executed by the federal government to fully reimburse such local governments for all costs incurred in the housing, education, and maintenance of such minors.

APPROVED this, the 5th day of August, 2014

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