Midland Mayor Patrick Payton stated that HHS “did not present substantive solutions” to nearly all of questions that had been requested.
MIDLAND, Texas — Native officers nonetheless have many questions after a gathering with Well being and Human Providers concerning the migrants in a Midland County holding facility.
Midland Mayor Patrick Payton, who bought to take a seat in on the assembly, stated the assembly seemed to be unproductive as a result of HHS did not present any substantive solutions to nearly all of the questions native officers posed.
“They really didn’t present any substantive solutions to the timeline,” Payton stated. “We pressed them very aggressively immediately on if they might give us a timeline, or if we’re going to see this wrapped up after this 700 quantity group of youngsters come via the holding facility, and so they couldn’t give us a dedication on the timeline.”
Payton additionally stated that with every query requested, the identical response was given.
“Each query we requested is greeted with or is responded to with the next assertion: ‘We perceive your considerations. We’ll must get again with you on that,'” Payton stated. “That’s just about the reply we get to all the things besides the main points on what number of children are there proper now.”
Payton stated that there was just one new piece of knowledge that was offered to native officers: how most of the migrants are COVID optimistic.
“I suppose about 10% of the children who had been introduced listed below are COVID optimistic, and after we had been on the road with them they instructed us 53 of the 485 are COVID optimistic, in order that’s very regarding to us as to how and what’s occurring there,” Payton stated.
Total, the assembly left metropolis and county officers annoyed with the shortage of solutions.
“I’m undecided that I’m something apart from more and more annoyed and more and more offended and deeply involved that our federal authorities has determined to only run roughshod over the town and county of Midland, and never reply our questions, and never give us a heads up, and never be a accomplice in attempting to deal with the disaster,” Payton stated.