Rusk County makes statement on housing for illegal immigrants

Published on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 11:32 - Written by FAITH HARPER, Fharper@tylerpaper.com

HENDERSON -- The Rusk County Commissioners Court became the first in East Texas to pass a resolution opposing housing illegal immigrants.

The half-page resolution requests no illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors be transferred to non-federal facilities in the county unless approved by the appropriate city or commissioner's court. It also requests federal reimbursement of funds to local governments for housing or caring for illegal immigrants.

The resolution was passed unanimously by the court.

County officials said the resolution is not legally binding, but rather is intended to be an official stand on the issue to state and federal leaders.