LEAGUE CITY, Texas — The City Council in this Houston suburb voted Monday night to refuse any requests by the federal government to provide shelters for some of the undocumented children who are flooding across the Texas border from Central America.
The resolution warns that minors who come to the U.S. illegally could be a drain on health, education and other government services.
Thirty people signed up to speak about the issue. The Council voted 6-2 to adopt the resolution.
League City is the latest community to fight back against federal efforts to shelter children in cities across the Southwest. Many of the children are fleeing violence, drugs and gangs in Mexico and Central America and are crowding border facilities.
The resolution’s supporters fear thousands more could come into the U.S. and might be headed here.
“If they are here illegally, they should go back, plain and simple,” said League City resident Bryan Dwyer.
But others say the resolution goes too far. One clause even warns that the undocumented immigrants could put the country at risk for terrorism.
“Children are innocent,” said Liz Samsos, a resident who brought her own grandchild to League Park. “I don’t think that the children themselves should have to be judged; kids are kids.”
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called for an end to political "grandstanding" when it comes to caring for these children.
"This is a humanitarian issue at the end of the day," he said. "Nobody wanted this circumstance to happen, but you've got to figure out what to do with it now that it's here. And it’s like any other disaster or crisis: You deal with the problem before you start worrying about pointing fingers and trying to exacerbate the problem.”
KHOU reporter Doug Miller contributed to this story