Thousands of immigrant children, who’ve crossed the border from Mexico could soon find refuge in Dallas county Texas.
As the federal government looks at temporarily housing the children in vacant schools. Dallas county judge, clay Lewis Jenkins arrived in McAllen today to tour immigration centers where migrant children are being held.
“They are doing a fantastic job here, doing the very best they can do with the resources that they have to deal with a flood of unaccompanied minors that are coming across the border , but they lack a place to send these children and so the children are in detention cells, they are in holding cells like you see at a city or county jail, while your are waiting to go to a more permanent facility and they are crowded into those facilities and this is a situation that we can help with and others need to step up and help with,” explains Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County judge.
State senator Royce west of Dallas and Dr. Frederick Haynes, senior pastor of friendship west Baptist church joined judge Jenkins on this trip to the south Texas as they work with the federal government to set up shelters in Dallas County to help house the children while they are being processed by immigration.
“We are working with the federal government and the local government to figure out exactly where we should be as far as making certain that the dollars being spent are going to be reimbursed or reused in order to get it done,” explains Royce West, state senator (D- TX 23)
“One the questions being asked was what most impacted us? What impacted me was to see one of our border officials holding a baby with only a diaper on and so to see that, again, what kind of future does that child have we have a lot to say about that,” says Dr. Frederick Haynes, pastor West Baptist Church of Dallas.
Jenkins says, no local taxpayer dollars would be spent to operate the facilities.
There are vacant facilities all over the state that can be used and be rented by the federal government, at federal expense to help these children in a more humane way.
Federal officials have been reviewing more than a dozen sites and are expected to announce the selection of two locations that would be suitable for these children. Another major concern is who will care for them?
“There will be a private contractor that will be in charge of RAP services for these facilities, medical, educational, nutritional an there will be opportunities for the community to come and show some compassion to the children and do some value ads to bring back a sense of normalcy,” adds Jenkins.
Meanwhile, the living conditions of these children are harsh, with as many as 30 of them crowded into rooms with concrete floors and their basic needs barely being met.
Border patrol officials say they’re doing all they can to care for the children, who continue to arrive to south Texas.