League City Says No to Undocumented Kids
A Salvadorian child gets treated during a 2010 stop by a California medical combat troop. Many of the children flooding into southwest Texas are from Central America.
Photo by 807th Medical Command
Real classy of League City council to adopt a resolution this week basically telling the federal government to not even think about sending any unaccompanied minors to be housed or processed there. Other places like Dallas have pitched in and agreed to take in several hundred kids, and even Houston, which is open to the idea in addition to organizations here already doing work in sheltering and transporting these youth.
Some of these minors we hear can be as young as 4 years old.
League City just doesn't want those disease carrying critters being brought to their town, or so we think that's some of the backroom talk that must have gone on to get this resolution on the table. According to reports it's a concern about health, city officials said, even though most of these kids are evaluated for infections during and before the whole sheltering process, and yes, a few have had the H1N1 virus. It's not in epic proportions, though. Well, not yet, anyway.
While our local media keeps running with the story of the invasion of Central American minors into the southwest border, the Houston Independent School District has confirmed that they have opened Terrell Middle School for federal officials to check out as a possible sheltering and processing center for undocumented children caught in this crisis.
We just hope any of those League City constituents who work out here bring their surgical masks to work, seems there's no escaping these kids, at least for now.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.