Dallas County Will Not Shelter Thousands of Central American Kids After All

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Emily Mathis
Local faith leaders stood by Jenkins as he announced that Dallas would not be sheltering unaccompanied kids.
For the last month, Dallas has been buzzing with plans to temporarily shelter thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children. Some 60,000 kids are expected to flow into the United States this year, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins' hotly debated plan would have provided temporary relief for stressed border resources, in the form of three federally funded shelters.

But because border crossings have dramatically decreased in the past month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services has elected not to create any temporary shelters for the kids, in Dallas or elsewhere, Jenkins announced today.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Jenkins addressed the change of plans. He acknowledged his disappointment that Dallas would not be sheltering the the kids. "There's a part of me that has a Marine mentality," he said. "When you say you're going to do something, you get fired up and do it."

The number of migrant children crossing the border has decreased in the last month, from over 300 per day in June to less 150 per day in July. Jenkins cited the hot summer months, but also recent federal initiatives including a public service campaign and partnerships with Central American and Mexican governments, for the decrease in numbers and increased shelter beds available. The numbers are expected to rise again in the fall, but not as dramatically as was originally expected.

Jenkins was surrounded by faith leaders, representing local churches and synagogues. "Our faith community responded with grace and led a strong majority bent on mercy because we see these scared and alone refugees for what they are: children -- just like your child and my child," said Jenkins. "Dallas County has become an unexpected outlier to those who don't know us. A place where compassion and love overcomes fear and anger."

Jenkins and faith leaders were careful to stress that help is still desperately needed for the kids. "Children without lawyers go back home to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras 90 percent of the time," said Jenkins. Rabbi Asher Knight, of Temple Emanu-El, cautioned about the need for continued community support. "Many of these children are going to need lawyers. They're going to need translators. They're going to need support going to the immigration court," he said. "It's an issue that speaks loudly to us, and to our sensibilities. And that is why you see the concern of so many faith organizations."


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smichaelclark59
smichaelclark59

This should be something for the churches not for the government to handle.

smichaelclark59
smichaelclark59

Funny how things changed over night.  Don't believe a word Jenkins says. It's not lower numbers why the children are not coming here.  He is in bed with Price and he needs to go too

JFPO
JFPO

"...but also recent federal initiatives including a public service campaign and partnerships with Central American and Mexican governments, for the decrease in numbers and increased shelter beds available."

BORING!!! THANKS OBAMA!

Why don't we just save everyone some time by cutting off their heads and mounting them to poles facing Mexico as a warning not to enter the U.S.?

/amidoingitright?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

BTW - Jenkins is a strange looking dude, man.  He creeps me out.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

There were no kids.  Only 50,000 thugs.

the optics were all wrong.

But Jenkins deserves a Nobel for his good intentions.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The biggest disappointment I take from this story is that a politician, representative of a wide swath of a diverse population, has to make announcements about this topic while flanked by religious leaders.

Can't our goodwill and humanity stand on it's own?  Does, and should, our local government have to seek the approval of religious leaders to do good works?

And then, of course, the question asked below by Paul- Is this something our county government even be getting involved in?  If these religious leaders are so stricken by a need to provide beds and medicine and food and whatnot to these kids, how many of their churches are in the midst of being converted to orphanages?  Why are the churches and synagogues so eager to spend the County's money on this endeavor, but not so eager to empty the offering plates for these children?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Jenkins could temper his disappointment by adopting all those animals at the shelter.

wcvemail
wcvemail

"It's for the children" has worked for decades for DISD, so I and Jenkins both thought it would surely work here.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I have always been of the position that this was not about the children but rather is this something that our County government should be doing, which I believe that it should not.


Now then, I trust that Judge Jenkins will concentrate on that backlog of deferred maintenance on county buildings.  I guess that he just needs to get fired up about it.

wcvemail
wcvemail

First! and first to admit that I thought this would happen.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@JFPO

hey!

Do an empty victory lap!

looks like you need the exercise.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@holmantx Ivy League educated.  His accent appears a bit of a put on.  Evidently he's sharp as a tack. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Yeah, try to keep him local, ok?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@RTGolden1 

The initiative to house these kids was outlined with no County money being used, the plan was for these community groups (read "religious") to step up and cover what was not paid by the Feds.

it is easy to see their facilities are not set up to house kids. Restrooms in needed quantity, showers and such would normally not exist in their buildings. not to mention the ability to secure the property when the kids would be housed there.

I understand why they were present at the press conference as they were an integral part of the planning and the support when the kids arrived.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

Well just great.  Now what are we gonna do for organ supplies.

hmmmm.

Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, 

Betcha can't eat just one . . . 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

Dude, he held back the ocean.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

Oh I don't know.

slap a little self tanning lotion on him and loosen the torpedo.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@mavdog 

While it is reasonable to assume that the Federal government would reimburse the County government for its expenses, the fact is that County government resources would be diverted from the County government's primary mission.  This is because County employees would need to spend time on managing the program.

The County government has already shown that it cannot manage its own business, for example, the deferred maintenance on county owned buildings, among others.


If the County government were adequately managing its primary responsibilities, I would not have a problem with the County taking this project on.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

Told ya the rumor would work. "Me desperté en una bañera llena de hielo"

The real reason? Violence in Honduras has plummeted, turns out the babies were into some real shit down there, badabing.

I'm curious where the 240,000 others who crossed in the past 7 months are. Probably Greenwich.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx @TheRuddSki 

Now what are we gonna do for organ supplies

I know, you were high on the iist to finally get a brain.

and RuddSki was set to get a heart.

now we'll have to put up with you guys just as you are...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

I think a close up of a faraway look.  Maybe a tear ala Chief George.

A fadeaway to a MAN!

standing at the 7th hole of Pebble Beach.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

could you define "plummented"? I have this suspicion that you aren't applying the word correctly.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

I got a used heart from Dick Cheney, fuck you.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

That's where Nixon was photographed.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

The falcon was killed by the bite of the squirrel, because the falcon was hunting rattlesnake.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

'Badabing" to sophisticated netroplexuals, is Italian for "It's a joke you fucking meathead, getottaheah"

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

that's bs. we all know that Cheney never had a heart, he used a machine that was like him, inhuman.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

Cheney started the War on Muslims simply to find a heart, but oddly the heart he eventually received came from a domestic goat.

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