AMARILLO -- City leaders are heading to the state capital this week to address refugees coming to Amarillo.
Amarillo has long been a part of the refugee settlement, but now that number is growing too quickly.
In fact, Mayor Harpole says roughly 500 traditional refugees come to our area a year.
City leaders say the large numbers we're receiving are putting a strain on resources.
Harpole tells us a lot of these refugees are coming to bigger Texas cities, and then ending up in our area because of opportunity like jobs at meat packing plants.
Again, he says they are are welcome, but there needs to be some change made.
He tells us city leaders know of no one trying to send refugees or illegal immigrants here.
He says it's important to make that clear.
The three main countries Amarillo refugees are coming from are Burma, Iraq and Iran.