Columbia aprueba resolución de Alcalde dando bienvenida a los niños que cruzan la frontera solos.
La resolución de bienvenida contrasta con posición de la mayoría republicana en el Congreso de Estados Unidos que los rechaza y hasta piensa enmendar la ley federal que los protege y ampara.
La semana pasada se supo que unos 350 de estos menores de edad vienen para integrarse con sus familiares en Carolina del Sur.
Greg Torrales, Presidente de la Coalición de Líderes Hispanos de Carolina del Sur nos dijo, “Es una acción que da una señal más de que el Alcalde Steve Benjamin es un hombre de gran compasión y además alguien que ve el aspecto y la tragedia humana que sufren los niños que los lleva a poner su vida en peligro al hacer una travesía de miles de millas para llegar a la tierra del “Sueño Americano.”
Lea la resolución en www,Latino4u.net
RESOLUTION NO.: R-2014-???
A RESOLUTION TO RESTATE THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TO WELCOME UNACCOMPANIED IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE CHILDREN AND TO SUPPORT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) reports that 350 children detained by immigration authorities were released to sponsors, typically relatives, in the State of South Carolina between January 1, 2014 and July 7, 2014 to be cared for while their immigration case is processed; and
WHEREAS, these 350 refugee children, who had no parent or guardian available to care for them when they were taken into custody, represent less than 1.2% of the 30,340 displaced children released to sponsor families across the nation; and
WHEREAS, displaced refugee children, like those placed in sponsor families in South Carolina, are often the most vulnerable among us having come to the United States fleeing violence, abuse or persecution in their home countries, as victims of human trafficking or simply seeking the opportunity to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their families; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbia was founded in the spirit echoed in the words of Senator John Lewis Gervais who hoped “the oppressed of every land might find a refuge under the wings of Columbia”; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbia believes that we have a duty to protect our children and provide for them and that to turn away a child in need, regardless of where he or she was born, is a violation not only of that spirit but of the fundamental principles of community and brotherhood upon which our city’s foundations were built; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbia further recognizes that the current influx of child refugees here and across the nation is only a symptom of a larger problem and that the only way to truly address the growing humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border is to enact a comprehensive immigration reform plan that secures our borders, grows our economy and gives undocumented youth and their families the chance to earn their citizenship; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Columbia, South Carolina on this 5th day of August, 2014 that we welcome every refugee child and unaccompanied immigrant child released to sponsors within our community by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and call on local, state and federal leaders to work together to address the current child refugee crisis by immediately adopting comprehensive immigration reform.