Hypocrite liberals who claim to care about illegal immigrants are against letting them live in their own neighborhood

Now this is just rich.

A bunch of liberal Democrats who live in the Washington D.C. area, and who claim to care about illegal immigrants, are trying to prevent the construction of new shelters for them in their own neighborhood.

The Washington Post recently reported:

… nearly uniform outcry from Washington-area politicians incensed at federal plans to build new shelters for migrant children in Northern Virginia and the District . The shelters, state-licensed and similar to scores across the county in operation since before President Trump took office, would help move migrant children out of squalid, cramped Border Patrol stations near the U.S.-Mexico border. They would provide a way station for unaccompanied minors while federal officials seek to place them with U.S.-based relatives or foster families.

But local politicians, nearly all Democrats, have balked at cooperating with federal authorities on any immigration matter. They have denounced the proposed new shelters with objections that smack of NIMBYism masquerading as humane concern for children. This month, the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) enacted emergency rules that blocked a planned federal shelter.

There are currently some 8,700 minors, mainly teenagers, housed in about 170 such shelters nationwide. For most, the stay in those facilities is relatively brief — on average, a little more than six weeks, until the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, places them with relatives or foster families. Those facilities had insufficient beds to handle the surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border earlier this year, hence the appalling images of children stuck in jam-packed Border Patrol outposts and emergency detention centers.

By building new shelters, the government would add future capacity to avoid such bottlenecks and terrible conditions in the event of another spike in border crossings.

… Existing shelters, scattered in 23 states including Virginia, provide a range of services, including English instruction, health care, counseling, access to legal aid and recreation — just as they did during the Obama administration.

The opposition does not withstand scrutiny… By blocking them, local officials would become part of the problem by contributing to future logjams and inhumane conditions at the border. That’s a bad outcome for those who profess to care about treating immigrants humanely.

Shame on these hypocrite liberal Democrats!

August 29, 2019. Tags: , , . Immigration.

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