Closure of Delphi and Dimmit County Emergency Intake Sites
Dear State and Local Partners,
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proactively works with its interagency partners to ensure that unaccompanied migrant children are safe and unified with family members or other suitable sponsors as quickly and safely as possible.
There are currently (June 24, 2021) about 14,500 children in ORR care across the licensed and temporary shelter networks. HHS continues to focus on case management efforts to ensure we can efficiently place children with their parents or other sponsors. This effort has resulted in 3,000-4,000 children a week unified with families for the past several weeks and more than 50,000 children unified with vetted sponsors since January. Fewer than 8,000 children are in temporary facilities, down from a high of 14,500 at the end of April.
As the ORR census continues to decline, four temporary Emergency Intake Sites (EIS) were closed in May and June (Dallas, San Antonio, Midland, and the ORR EIS at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)-Lackland). In addition, the ORR EIS Delphi (in Donna, TX) and Dimmit (in Carrizo Springs, TX) will also stop sheltering children by July 19, 2021. ORR is taking this action due to decreased numbers of children in care and the available capacity in other shelter facilities across the licensed and temporary network.
As these temporary EIS sites ramp down over the coming weeks, ORR will work closely with our partners on site on all required demobilization steps. Children currently in care at the EIS will continue through the case management process and either discharged to a vetted sponsor or transferred to an appropriate ORR shelter prior to July 19, 2021. The Delphi EIS provides shelter for teen boys and has a capacity of 1,500 beds. There are currently (June 24, 2021) about 375 children in care at the Delphi EIS. The Dimmit EIS provides shelter for teen girls and boys and has a capacity of 440 beds. There are currently (June 24, 2021) about 365 children in care at the Dimmit EIS.
Unaccompanied Children Care
EIS provide required standards of care for children, such as clean and comfortable sleeping quarters, meals, toiletries, laundry, recreational activities, and access to medical services. All children are tested for COVID-19 before being transported to an EIS. Unaccompanied children receive medical screenings and any follow-up care needed for injuries or illnesses they had when they arrived. The children are tested for COVID-19 every 3 days while at the EIS.
About Unaccompanied Children
Congress has defined an unaccompanied child as a child who (1) has no lawful immigration status in the United States; (2) has not attained 18 years of age; and, (3) with respect to whom, there is no parent or legal guardian in the United States, or no parent or legal guardian in the United States available to provide care and physical custody. See 6 U.S.C. § 279(g)(2).
HHS plays no role in the apprehension or detention of unaccompanied children prior to their referral to HHS custody. HHS does not provide care or custody for adult non-citizens or family units that include adults. Children referred to HHS by DHS for care and custody have been identified as unaccompanied and by definition are not with a parent.
Most unaccompanied children are referred to ORR by DHS. Some unaccompanied children may be referred to ORR because they were encountered by immigration authorities while crossing the border.
After referral, unaccompanied children remain in the care and custody of HHS until they are united with a suitable sponsor, usually a parent or close relative, while their immigration cases are adjudicated. At this time, most unaccompanied children come primarily from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
200 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Notice of Intention to Issue Dimmit County, Texas Certificates of Obligation
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners Court (the “Court”) of Dimmit County, Texas (the “County”) will convene at its regular meeting place at the Dimmit County Courthouse, 212 North 4th Street, Carrizo Springs, Texas, at 10:00 o‘clock a.m., on August 23, 2021, and, during such meeting, the Court will consider the passage of an order and take such other actions as may be deemed necessary to authorize the issuance of one or more series of certificates of obligation in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $5,110,000.00 for the purpose or purposes of paying contractual obligations of the County to be incurred, to-wit: (1) construction, repair and improvements to County roads and bridges (including the purchase of land and equipment), and amenities incident thereof, (2) purchase of office equipment and technology upgrades for County Departments, (3) construction, renovation, utility improvements, and equipment of County Buildings for County Departments (including the purchase of land, as needed), and (4) the payment of professional services related to the construction and financing of the aforementioned projects.
The certificates of obligation (the “Certificates”) will be payable from the levy of an annual ad valorem tax, within the limitations prescribed by law, upon all taxable property within the County and additionally from a limited pledge of certain revenues derived from the operation of the County’s solid waste management system. The Certificates are to be issued, and this notice is given, under and pursuant to the provisions of the Certificate of Obligation Act of 1971 as amended, Local Government Code Sections 271.041 through 271.063, and Section 363.135, as amended, Texas Health and Safety Code.
The current principal of all outstanding debt obligations of the County is $10,100,000. The combined principal and interest required to pay all outstanding debt obligations of the County on time and in full is $10,243,443.78. The estimated combined principal and interest required to pay the Certificates is $5,238,951. The estimated interest rate for the Certificates is 1.500%. The maximum interest rate for the certificates may not exceed the maximum legal interest rate. The maximum maturity date of the Certificates is September 1, 2024.
Burn Ban Rules and Regulations
On Monday, April 12, 2021, Commissioners Court approved the Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning in Dimmit County.
Although, there is an existing Order, Dimmit County residents are still allowed to burn by obtaining a Brush Burning Permit from the County Judge’s Office located at the Courthouse Annex, 212 N. 4th Street, Carrizo Springs, Tx. The Permit only authorizes the land owner to BURN BRUSH ONLY and anyone that is in violation of the Permit will be cited.
Residents are urged to get a Burning Permit to understand the process so that the Rules that Dimmit County has implemented for Brush Burning can be followed.
Minimum Health Standard Protocols
Download the Minimum Health Standard Protocols for the 365th District.
Construction Bid Posting
The County of Dimmit is requesting proposals from general contractors for the construction of the Justice of the Peace and Commodities Building for Precinct 4, Dimmit County.
PUBLIC NOTICE TO COMMISSIONER COURT MEETING TO CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A MODIFIED TAX ABATEMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH A PROPERTY OWNER
Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency
Advisory Notice of Continuing Petition Period
TAKE NOTICE from the Commissioners Court (the “Court”) of Dimmit County, Texas (the “County”), that the petition period related to the Certificates provided under Section 271.049 of the Texas Local Government Code is continuing, open and remains effective.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners Court (the “Court”) of Dimmit County, Texas (the “County”) will convene at its regular meeting place at the Dimmit County Courthouse, 212 North 4th Street, Carrizo Springs, Texas, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., on September 28, 2020.
2020 Tax Abatement
An order of the Commissioners Court of Dimmit County, Texas adopting and approving the Dimmit County, Texas guidelines and criteria for Tax Abatement and other Economic Developments.
Proposed Hearing 2020 Guidelines and Criteria for Tax Abatement and Other Economic Development
Pursuant to Chapter 312 of the Texas Tax Code and other authority, the Commissioners Court of Dimmit County, Texas at its public meeting on September 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. shall conduct a public hearing at the Commissioners Courtroom, Dimmit County Courthouse Annex, 212 North 4th Street, Carrizo Springs, Texas 78834 regarding the proposed Dimmit County, Texas Guidelines and Criteria for Tax Abatement and Other Economic Development (“Guidelines”). At this public hearing, members of the public shall be given an opportunity to be heard regarding the proposed Guidelines.
The proposed Guidelines may be inspected and copies obtained from the: (1) Office of the County Judge, Dimmit County, Texas, Dimmit County Courthouse Annex, 212 North 4th Street, Carrizo Springs, Texas 78834; and (2) County’s internet website at www.dimmitcounty.org.