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Source: Dan Lyman

Officials in Laredo, Texas, say the city has been financially devastated by COVID restrictions and does not have the resources to handle the flood of illegals being sent there by the Biden administration.

After a year of economic devastation brought on by COVID tyranny and border closures, waves of migrants now threaten a city on the brink.

“The city is tapped out,” Laredo City Manager Robert Eads recently told Border Report. “Hope doesn’t pay the bills.”

“We’ve seen this movie already. It’s just for us a humanitarian effort. We want to help however we can but with the extent of what the cost of all things COVID, we’re tapped out.”

The Biden administration has begun dumping thousands of illegals aliens in towns and cities in border states and beyond amid a historic migration surge into the U.S.

Laredo cannot weather the storm without federal assistance, officials say, as the city already faces a $50 million budget deficit.

“Looking at it from the lens of the mayor of a city, I can say that we’re the recipients of Washington’s policies,” Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz said.

Saenz says he is concerned about funding critical city services, including police and firefighters.

“Ultimately, Washington gets what they want based on policies, and I recognize that, but when policies are instituted or changed and they place a city or local community at a disadvantage financially, then we can use resources to help and accommodate,” he asserted.

Officials in other border jurisdictions have issued similar pleas for sensibility from the federal government.

“I am pleading and requesting to you to please put a halt to any measures regarding the release of immigrants awaiting court dates into the city of Del Rio and surrounding areas,” Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano  implored the Biden administration  last month after his city was plunged into chaos by historic winter weather.

“We do not have the resources available to house and accommodate these migrants within our community.”

Over 100,000 illegal aliens were apprehended at the southern border in the month of February alone.