Bus bill $1,385 for migrants

Officials say 86 people have been bussed out

Uvalde officials have paid Southwest Area Regional Transit District $1,385 to transport 86 migrants to San Antonio since United States Border Patrol began releasing the individuals into the community last week.

Of that number, 18 were transported on May 23; 32 in two trips on May 24; and 18 on Wednesday and 18 on Thursday.

An additional five individuals were transported to San Antonio from Uvalde via a Baptist Temple Church van at no cost to the city or county.

According to Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, who addressed the issue during a recent meeting of Uvalde City Council, an estimated 55 percent of migrants transported were children.

The city of Uvalde and Uvalde County each agreed to contract with Southwest Area Regional Transit District to bus migrants at a cost of $277 per 19-person bus. The plan allocated up to $20,000 over the next 30 days, with each entity responsible for one trip per day.

“We are trying to make the best of the situation,” McLaughlin said. His comments came after hearing from Uvalde resident Deyanira Salazar, who addressed council during the citizen’s input portion of the Tuesday meeting.


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