Immigration from the Middle East seems to monopolize the news recently, however, the surge across the southern border continues and officials in Texas are struggling to keep up with the demand on resources as their agencies get stretched to the limit. So, the Secretary of Health and Human Services issued a dire warning to Congress requesting additional funds to handle the increased demand from the influx of children and other immigrants. According to Teaparty.org:
On the heels of reassurances by Texas officials to residents that the federal government will provide the funds and support for the hundreds of unaccompanied minors from Central America who are being sheltered there, Sylvia Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services, is warning Congress that her agency faces a budget shortfall and could be overwhelmed by the new influx of children.
In a letter obtain by the Associated Press, Burwell told members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee that even with increased contingency funding requested by the president, the agency still faces a shortage that could lead to “the situation we faced in (2014) when children were left at the border for unacceptable periods of time.”
Agency spokesman Mark Weber said the secretary is communicating with members of Congress to take all the necessary steps to “make sure that we’re prepared,” and that the letter doesn’t demand funds beyond the president’s budget request.
Last week, Local officials in Texas said they were prepared to receive hundreds of Central American children who are described by U.S. federal authorities as having fled violence in their home countries.
At a press conference Thursday, Ellis County officials said some 500 undocumented children were be transported to a camp area in the next few days. They were expected to be at the Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center for the next three weeks as plans are developed on where they will go from there, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Rick DuBose, superintendent of the Assemblies of God, said that some 50 percent of the unaccompanied children will be returned to their countries. Others are expected to be resettled with relatives here, DuBose said.
DuBose said Lakeview’s agreement with a non-profit organization was to house 500 children and more than 200 support staffers. The children are mainly between 12 and 17 years old, according to published reports.
“We didn’t feel like there was any way we could turn them away and not care for them and feed them when we have the beds that are empty and food that can be served and a process here,” DuBose said, according to KeraNews.org. “It’s our slowest time of year. So we were very available. We’ve jumped on it. We’re honored to give these kids a place to live for the next three weeks.”
Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown said there would be enough police security to keep the facility safe for everyone. Every two children would have one adult worker assigned to them, Brown said.
Regardless of the craziness in the world, it’s inspiring to see the decent people of Texas going to such inspiring lengths to look after the children and other innocents in what is clearly a political issue. Sometimes humanity trumps all else and here are people in need, being looked after by this non-profit.
In the midst of an unpleasant situation, good still prevails and good people are willing to contribute time, energy and love to look after others.
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