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Kaufman County: No Illegal Immigrant Children Here

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Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (credit: Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images)

Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (credit: Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images)

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KAUFMAN COUNTY (KRLD) – Kaufman County Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday telling the federal government that they don’t want to house any illegal immigrants in their communities.

It came about after Kaufman County Tea Party Chairman Ray Myers and others appealed to the commissioners court.

“It basically says that we are opposed to the dropping of the illegals in Kaufman county, regardless of if they’re kids or whatever they are,” said Myers. “We’re just opposed to those people coming in because of the possibility of disease, the possibility of drug cartels or things of that nature. There’s already indications of disease; there’s already indications that they’re covering up disease at Lackland Air Force Base… and we know that the government is covering up those things at Lackland and other places.”

Myers goes onto say that they’re opposed to how the federal government is handling the crisis on the border. “We’re not interested in having illegal immigration in Kaufman County; we don’t believe that it’s constitutional.”

The resolution passed in Kaufman County is purely symbolic and carries no legal weight. It comes as Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Dallas) filed a bill called the Unaccompanied Children Assistance Control Act seeking to reduce foreign aid to Central American countries and Mexico where children are fleeing and coming into Texas.

“This bill is an attempt to realistically get the attention of the leaders in the foreign countries that are principally involved in the massive migration of their young people to this country. The countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico,” says Burgess. “There are figures cited in the newspapers of $500.00 per child per day as to the cost of the American Tax Payers to taking care of these children. I did the quick math and it comes to about $15,000 per month, so why not ask a remittance from the government to cover the cost of caring for their children in this country.”

Burgess says that the federal government is already stretched thin when it comes to doling out money to foreign countries.

“The U.S. already gives generously in foreign aid to these countries, but we cannot continue to do so if our limited resources are dedicated to caring for these migrant children who have been sent to our country illegally. This bill is an important first step in dealing with the crisis that is before us in a common-sense way”

You can follow Joe Gomez on Twitter at @JoeGomezKRLD.

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