Dallas County Plans to House Thousands of New Child Migrants from Central America

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Judge Clay Jenkins is proposing to bring around 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant kids from south Texas to Dallas.
It's not a new problem, but it does appear to be a growing one, and it's definitely one politicians are talking more and more about in public settings. The flood of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States from Central America is expected to reach all-time highs this year, with as many as 60,000 kids crossing the border. It's a situation to which President Obama recently called national attention, but to the many lawyers and humanitarian workers across the country already working on behalf of these kids, it's hardly a surprising one.

And while border officials and humanitarian workers struggle to take care of these kids in south Texas facilities, those are little more than overcrowded prisons for children. According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas could soon be doing its part to alleviate the stretched border resources for these children.

To kick off the Democratic state convention, Jenkins announced in a speech Saturday morning that Dallas County is currently working with federal officials to provide additional resources for the care of unaccompanied immigrant children. As part of this initiative, Dallas could soon take in as many as 2,000 of these children in soon-to-be-opened federally funded facilities. Jenkins claimed these facilities could even be opened by the end of July. Initial plans call for one to be located in Dallas, where Mayor Mike Rawlings has pledged support, and another city in the county.

The project would be a collaborative effort between the federal government and county humanitarian organizations. Jenkins said in his speech that the county is currently looking at vacated schools, hospitals and other empty buildings around the county to house as many as a thousand kids each.

Jenkins also emphasized transparency with the initiative, saying the local community will be kept closely informed of any neighborhood changes. "The initial contracts will be 120 day contracts. They could be extended, but before any site is chosen, we'll have community meetings, we'll discuss it with the community, we'll lay out to the community a town hall with exactly what will be happening there," Jenkins said.

The children will be moved from the temporary facility in McAllen to what Jenkins called "compassionate care" in Dallas. Catholic Charities of Fort Worth already houses around 30 kids at a time in a federally contracted shelter, but this newest effort would take some pressure off the overcrowded and underfunded south Texas facilities. Pending federal approval, Jenkins hopes Dallas County will soon be making a larger effort to help abate the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.

"I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here," said Jenkins in his speech. "We can't help all, but we can help some."

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Casmige
Casmige

To The Editor of the Dallas Observer:

I am utterly APPALLED by the recent actions of Clay Jenkins.

He has by-passed not only the authority & figure-head of our Mayor by being the resident "Decider", but also made null & void the voice of "We the People" & constituents as well as the entirety of the Representatives on the Dallas City Council.

I believe he is usurping the power structure of our City & Not the least bit considering or respectfully asking for the will of the people to be brought forth for review on matters & the recent declaration & unilateral decision to announce that the City of Dallas would be hosting & taking care of Illegals (Yes, even though they are "Children") I believe he is liberally exploiting the Children in his Cause and as a basis of asserting iron-fisted (As in Fascist) declarations out-side of his elected office & delegated prerogatives.

As the principle owner (Mr. Jenkins) of "Brown Dental Health Services" what is next on the agenda of Mr. Clay Jenkins???  Dental Services provided through his dental clinic's only to have the "Bill" passed onto to Us, the Tax-Payers??.

I am immediately reminded of the ABJECT MEDICAID FRAUD perpetrated by Dental Clinic's here in Texas on the "Children" of under-served & under-privileged parents.

I'm wondering how Mr. Jenkins & his "Brown Dental Health Services" Clinic's escaped investigation on this matter??.

Something is very STINKY with this guy & his bleeding hearted appeals & plans. 

I would like for the Dallas Observer to do some classic Dallas Observer Investigation on this matter & this Guy, please.

He's of the ILK of John "Wiley" Price and is one of the heir-apparent problems if not the exact embodiment of what is dastardly wrong with the Dallas Ruling Elite.


Thank you.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

This outrage by Jenkins is unacceptable.  Without permission of the Court or the taxpayers who will pay for this debacle,  he is exposing us and our children to epidemics, infectious diseases, lice, bedbugs, and serious childhood illnesses - many of which were cured here years ago. 

Thousands of these children will infest our schools, and further degrade DISD educations as well as operations, and cost taxpayers even more money. Very few of the speak English or even good broken-Spanish, and so they will need several extra language teachers hire by the District to even begin to educate them. 


Anyone who thinks this is a good idea should seek professional help.  Dallas County doesn't need this with all of the burdens we already shoulder. 


And, if you were planning on going to Parkland Hospital, forget it.  The E.R. will be overwhelmed by these illegals.

  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The President has employed the 'Hegelian Dialectic'.  It is where a group or an individual creates a problem, knowing full well in advance how people are going to react to it.  They then begin agitating for something to be done about the problem, for things to change.  Once the masses are worked up enough and desperate enough for something to be done, the party behind the problem unveils their solution.

The people are thrilled to have a plan, any plan, and so demand it be implemented. They never seem to realize they have been manipulated, and they haven't really ushered in change, but actually a much worse version of what they had previously, only now in brand new packaging. - Brad Thor, Hidden Order.


noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

In addition to the diseases in this story, illegals are also bringing in Tuberculosis, active cases of Swine Flu, Ebola, staph infections, and other contagious diseases.

One has to wonder what Clay Jenkins is getting out of this, and why he would do this to healthy Dallas County children and adults -- not to mention all taxpayers.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

I just read a story that says these camps of illegal alien children are major public health epidemics in the making that could infect healthy American children and adults alike.


In the Lackland Air Force Base camps, these illegals ...children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues." They are also infected by active cases of head and body lice, and no doubt spread these in the aircraft and buses that took them to San Antonio.  


Security "Brown Shirts" at the camp have warned medical professionals not to disclose the horrible conditions of the camp and the many diseases of the children, and have been threatened with arrest if they tell anyone.  Fortunately, many are more concerned about the health of Texans and our populations than being arrested!


This is still America, and there is no legal support for private security personnel to inimidate or threaten any citizen into silence!

This is what Jenkins wants in Dallas County !!!



noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

Supposedly, Clay Jenkins is a lawyer, and is sworn to uphold the law both as an attorney and as Dallas County Judge.  However, it appears he's selectively violating both. 


Illegal aliens are called by that name because they are here illegally.  They have violated our laws by crossing into the United States without permission, and without going through the immigration process most new Americans have waited years to do. 


Clay Jenkins, without the permission and a vote by the Commissioners Court, is inviting illegals to Dallas County as opposed to Ellis County, his home.  The cost to Dallas County taxpayers will be in the millions, will severely damage our schools further, and our students even more, and will remain the on public dole most of their lives. 


If Jenkins wishes to visit this kind of harm in North Texas, he should do it in Waxahachie.  (As an Ellis County resident, he couldn't even legally vote for himself! If not a resident of Dallas County, he doesn't pay the county taxes he squanders on the Court.

This insanity of pretending illegals have no cost must stop.  They are draining both public coffers and the wallets of hard-working taxpayers.  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Prez as Poseur.  He already has the authority to take action.  He is using a press conference and Executive Orders as a photo op and political move on the backs of kids, the crisis of which which he precipitated - for the November elections.

He can dodge his responsibilities.

But he can't dodge the consequences

of dodging his responsibilities.

zekevaldez
zekevaldez

@noblefurrtexas you are the epitome of stupid Americans who make judgements simply to be hateful. Humans are humans, no matter the race, and your comment is a prime example of how "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" practice is dead in the United states, as well as other countries.  Cheers to you and hope you never face a situation in which you are in much need of help and no one wants to offer it for silly excuses.  If you aren't aware, the US still has many cases of lice, bedbugs, serious childhood illnesses, and infectious diseases; the origin is not always the race; Stupidity is also a disease along with hatred. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas

There are several sanctuary cities in the country that would love to harbor as many foreign nationals as they possibly could.

The problem is, when Dear Freaking Leader deems them citizens ( which of course will not be his fault, but because of the Koch Brothers), they'll get tossed out like last year's onions.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@holmantx 

re:  "The President has employed the 'Hegelian Dialectic'.  It is where a group or an individual creates a problem"

Anti-immigrant retards sure do have a lot of ridiculous conspiracy theories.

Casmige
Casmige

@noblefurrtexas He's the principle owner of "Brown Dental Health Services".....Do the math & you'll get the answer.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas 
The kids very may well be sick.  That's why we're giving them the best medical care we can - including vaccinations, blood-work, and a complete physical exam.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas

We hope these kids are being carefully screened, since they're being crammed together:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/MigrantHealthGuide/CountriesAZ/NorthAndCentralAmericaAndCaribbean/Honduras/HondurasInfectiousDiseases/

Considering this is just a minor wave of migrants, which is predicted to triple at minimum in the next year (it will actually be well beyond those government estimates), we're looking at a pretty demanding undertaking.

It would make more sense to send the Marines, who have all their shots, to straighten out Honduras.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas Welcome to the party, we've been discussing that story for at least the last 20 minutes or so.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@dingo Did you even read that article?  Starnes is a far-right looney, but that article is looney even by his standards.  He has leaped into Alex Jones territory with that one.

All un-named sources, providing him info under threat of arrest.

Government contracted private security force... ok.  Provided by the Baptist Family & Children Services charity?  Hmmmm maybe not. Besides why not just use the already positioned and set up Air Force security on the base?

Calling themselves the "Brownshirts".  Not likely, not even the Baptists are that obtuse.

Baptists and Obama in bed together?  Now you're reaching way into tin foil hat land.


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@dingo

The only thing transparent about this administration is its serial incompetence and lies.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas 

Clay Jenkins and his family reside in the Park Cities, in Dallas County.

The costs associated with providing housing for these children is not coming from Dallas County monies.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

He has to milk the theatre and politicize these kids as much as possible, blaming republicans for the War on Children while portraying himself as a man of morals, compassion, courage and action.

Several people will buy the illusion, buoyed by an adoring and supportive media which is today quite busy lying about the HobbyLobby decision to garner support for the false war on women narrative.

It's not easy faking it, as the polls increasingly reflect.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@bvckvs @holmantx You seem incapable of distinguishing legal immigration from unlawful immigration. 


I don't know many genuine, honest, people who oppose immigration.  But, I know many who - like me - oppose unlawful immigration.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

That's why we're giving them the best medical care we can

Probably better care than our veterans get.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@bvckvs @noblefurrtexas These children should be screened BEFORE they enter the United States as our immigration policies have required for years.  Once they are here, it's too late to stop epidemics and the spread of disease - including lice and deadly infections. 


It helps nobody if a healthy population is experiencing epidemics and deaths from these illegals.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@TheRuddSki I think we're clearly seeing that these children have NOT been screened, and are made to travel in close quarters with contagious diseases - some fatal, lice and other pests, and badly infected sores.  They are allowed to travel with healthy adults and children who are not aware of the risks they are placed in. 

These practices are insane!  They threaten our entire population with epidemics we stopped decades ago.  And, this is what Clay Jenkins wants to do to Dallas County -- and make us pay for it. 



dingo
dingo

@RTGolden1 @dingo 

'Now you're reaching way into tin foil hat land.'


Border patrol muzzle, public land along the border restricted to the press, medical staff muzzle, zero television reports from inside detention centers.


So you are denying these attacks on our freedom of the press occurred, or just attacking Mr Starnes?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@RTGolden1 

come on RT, there is a crisis! children with lice! some who have strep throat! some kids who have mental issues! are NOW here in America....by golly, what are we going to do????

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@mavdog @noblefurrtexas They have to be educated in our schools, and those are paid for by local taxpayers.  They have to have immunizations, and those are paid for by Dallas County and/or the State of Texas.  

I'm curious who you think it is that is going to fund the expenses of these children, many of which already have serious and contagious diseases. 

I had heard Jenkins was looking for or purchased a "home of record" in Preston Hollow or the Park Cities.  Glad to know he's legal.  But, it doesn't change his poor decision to unilaterally announce Dallas County wanted thousands of these children.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

“You can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” George W. Bush, joking at a Gridiron Club dinner, Washington, D.C., March 2001.

apparently it's no joke . . . 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas 

re:  "You seem incapable of distinguishing legal immigration from unlawful immigration."

They're not immigrants - they're refugees.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas @bvckvs 

re:  "These children should be screened BEFORE they enter the United States "

Decent Americans have decided to do it this way, instead.  If you've got a problem with it, take it up with your Republican congressmen and senators.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas

If our facilities and abilities are being stressed to the limits now, then by the time the Worst President in History leaves office, the entire system will have crashed like an IRS hard drive.

We were warned that the half-term senator was a very bad bet. Suck it up, America, you get the fucking idiots you deserve.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@dingo I'm not denying that these things occur, but I wouldn't call them attacks on the first amendment without substantiation. Which means named sources, verified documents.  If you've ever been on the receiving end of a media frenzy, even indirectly, you know how dangerous and damaging these stories can really be.  Starnes is, however, worthy of attack.  He takes every story to Alex Jones level, throwing out his anonymous sources and his deep investigative determination (but rarely misses a day in his radio studio, wonder how he gets around to all these far flung places, yet always hits the airwaves on-time.).  Starnes is a talker, not a doer.  Find out where the doers are at, and what they're doing, and you'll get the real story.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog @RTGolden1 It's a chore, but I am highly dedicated to preventing my pals on the Right to slip so far out there that they're in danger of winding up on the Left.  The scary part is, I have to walk farther left than I prefer to, just to keep the Center (where I belong) from going completely Infowars on me!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas 

no, they do not "have to be educated in our schools", that claim has no validity. we do not know if they will be here for any length of time.

If the children require immunizations, that will be paid for by the Federal government as stated in the news articles.

your remark about a "home of record", with zero to show it to accurate, says all anyone needs to know about your veracity.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

It's not hard to fool people who want and expect to be lied to.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@bvckvs @noblefurrtexas They are NOT "refugees". I don't know where you conjured up that word, but it's incorrect. 


ALL of these children were SENT her; they didn't leave on their own.  Look up "refuge" in a law book, and you'll see that it doesn't apply to this stalking horses for federal goodies.

dingo
dingo

@mavdog @dingo 

The only footage from within centers are from folks that weren't supposed to be filming and smuggled the footage out.


The rest of the search results are subterfuge on your part. Show me officially sanctioned footage from major news sources.


You are denying that access within the centers has been severely restricted?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

A strong supporter of Obama questions someone's "veracity".

Chuckle.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

What are the odds?

That all keds are coming from non-contiguous states.

they can't be sent back.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas @bvckvs 

re:  "They are NOT 'refugees'. I don't know where you conjured up that word"

It's okay that you don't know words like "refugee" or "compassion", and that you're full of anger at these children.  Just make sure you don't act against them - or it'll be you in jail, while they enjoy the blessings of liberty.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–68), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Strength to Love, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1963).

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@holmantx @bvckvs @noblefurrtexas 

re:  "they're political footballs."

If that's how you choose to see these kids, so be it.  We're still going to help them regardless of what names you call them.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dingo 

"subterfuge"? "officially sanctioned major news sources"?

don't know who you count as "major news sources", but WaPo, NPR and CBS, maybe AOL, count in my book.

yes, access within the centers has been restricted. as it should be.

you are of the opinion that access should NOT be restricted? odd position.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

if you can show a single example of my failure to be accurate and honest, do so.

otherwise STFU.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

There never was any intention to send them back. If the pres says "they can't stay", he's lying.

I've seen predictions of 100-200 thousand over the next year. I'd wager it will be double that.

Then there's the relatives, anywhere from one to ten per kid.

The intent is one-party rule in the US, this is just one cog in that machine.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

Today's leftists have abandoned the teachings of Dr. King in favor of soft totalitarianism.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

Read twice, post once.

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