A South Texas Democrat expressed frustration Wednesday, claiming not all Biden administration allocations to communities along the U.S.-Mexico border get to where the cash is intended to go.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ve had the results that were expected,” U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who represents the 15th Congressional District in Texas, said during an online news briefing, according to Border Report.
“We need to assure that when we make these investments that they’re monitored to assure that they have the results – and we don’t just throw money out there and hope it resolves itself,” the Corpus Christi-area lawmaker added. “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been given to the NGOs (non-governmental organizations). I think we should have a closer monitor of these resources and ensure they get to the places that they need to.”
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Gonzalez was issuing a follow-up report after meeting online Monday with Vice President Kamala Harris – the Biden administration’s manager of the border crisis – as well as members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, according to Border Report.
Of the lawmakers who participated, Gonzalez was the only one who represented a district that adjoins the border, the report said.
In a Twitter message on Monday, Harris had claimed she met with the lawmakers “to get their input on our diplomatic efforts in the Northern Triangle and to discuss how we can work together to address the root causes of migration from the region.”