According to the Pew Research Center, young children including five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in 2014.
To make matters worse, there’s a growing outcry about the way immigrant children are being housed at the Texas border.
Children are sleeping on the floor of kennel-like cages and piled virtually on top of one another in bare concrete-walled rooms.
High-profile voices such as Glenn Beck are expressing their horror.
He said on Monday, the US government is committing “damn near crimes against humanity” on its southern border. Beck has been raising funds for the immigrant children. This weekend, he delivered trailer-tractors of food, water, and clothes to the kids.
Even Democrats have begun attacking Obama for his failure to act. Governor Martin O’Malley called on the administration to do better in handling the border kids’ crisis and get kids out of “these kennels”:
“We have to do right not just by these kids but by our kids and protect the children who are here, put them in the least restrictive settings, get them out of these detention centers and these kennels where they are being cooped up, and operate as the good and generous people that we have always been. That’s what’s at stake here, as well as the lives of these kids,” said O’Malley.
With recent events happening like crowds of protesting residents in a small California city blockading buses to prevent the illegal children from taking shelter in their town, Texans are becoming increasingly frustrated and fearful too!
Garland Tea Party leader Katrina Pearson said it wouldn’t surprise her to see similar demonstrations unfold here in Texas, simply, because “when people don’t know what’s going on, they’re afraid and tend to act out.”
Dallas County Commissioner Clay Jenkins’ plans to bring to Dallas 2,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who crossed the Texas border.
Judge Jenkins announced three proposed sites: Hulcy Middle School in Dallas’ Red Bird area, the Lamar School in Grand Prairie, and a building at the Parkland Hospital complex in Dallas.
Pierson said, since he didn’t plan to have the commissioners vote on it or formally hear residents input, the residents plan to go to the commissioners court to have their voices heard.
In response to that, Jenkins said officials have consulted with neighbors around the three selected sites and said no county dollars will be used to house the children here, because the federal government will be paying for it.
Republican Cathie Adams of the social conservative group Texas Eagle Forum doesn’t believe it.
“We’re talking about housing, we’re talking about food, we’re talking about educating , we’re talking about medicating. This is a huge expense,” said Adams.
Jenkins said it shouldn’t be about politics but trying to help the children.
Adams questions’ Jenkins’ motives and believes he’s using it for his own political gain when he speaks at the Democratic State Convention.
Judge Jenkins said if that’s the case, he must be the dumbest politician in Texas. “We’re the first community in this nation that has reached out to the federal government.”
Judge Jenkins says Texas doesn’t turn its back on children.
His Republican critics think, he should have sought more community input first before volunteering to bring the children to Dallas.