ALBUQUERQUE ― Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis has introduced resolution R-19-143, co-drafted with the New Mexico Dream Team, asking to add $250,000 in emergency funding to the city’s budget to help fund humanitarian efforts as the city welcomes immigrants and refugees from the southern border.
Funds allocated by the resolution would temporarily fund shelter, food, water, emergency transportation, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products and would also create a position to coordinate these efforts.
Mayor Tim Keller recently mentioned the need to fund these efforts, echoing efforts by cities like Las Cruces, which passed a similar city resolution to fund their humanitarian efforts.
Since people began arriving earlier this year, the NM Dream Team, alongside the City of Albuquerque, and the Interfaith Coalition have been at the forefront of helping those seeking refuge reach their sponsors after being released by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP).
The support thus far, has been entirely dependent on volunteers and donations.
“As Burqueños we must uphold the history of helping those who are in need. It’s the Albuquerque way!, said New Mexico Dream Team Campaign Manager Felipe Rodriguez. “The collaboration between the City of Albuquerque and NMDT is an amazing example of the welcoming culture our city, and state, is known for and sets the example for how the rest of the nation should open their arms to those in need.”
City Councilor Pat Davis, resolution sponsor said, “Our city has already stepped up in a big way with hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in community donations to help. Mayor Keller has put our city departments through their paces to ensure we can do more – and we can. But it will take more than volunteer resources. I’m proud of our city for opening our doors and standing beside these asylum seekers in ally with our New Mexico cities and the governor, and helping them on their journey is the right thing to do.”