A Collin County commissioner is trying to keep what he calls an “illegal immigrant tsunami" from bringing large numbers of undocumented children to Collin County.
Mark Reid added a resolution to the agenda for the commissioner’s court meeting on Monday that said "Housing minor children suspected of being in the country illegally is not in our citizens' best interest."
Reid urged the court to "refuse requests or directives to process or house these children."
However, it's not clear that the federal government has any plans to house children in Collin County.
“If we accept 50 or 100, does it then become 250 or 300?” said Reid.
Reid said his big concern is the spread of communicable disease, but he admits he doesn’t have any medical evidence to back up that claim. Medical experts have downplayed the disease threat.
“We've heard various reports these children have various communicable diseases that are fairly common in their country of origin that are very uncommon here,” said Reid.
Similar resolutions have been approved by Kaufman County and a handful of cities around Texas.
“I don't think our tax dollars should have to pay for it,” said Jan Fleck, who supports the no-shelter resolution. “I think it's sad for the kids.”
Others, though, think that there is a better option than turning their backs on the children.
“I think they should be able to be sheltered with a program that will eventually deploy them back to their country,” said Yshmael Raheem, who opposes the no-shelter resolution. “…You can't be sorry and have empathy, and then turn around and reject.”
The other three commissioners and county judge are Republicans, but Reid doesn't know where they stand on the issue.
While the issue is on Monday’s agenda, the county judge won’t be there, so Reid may move it to the following Monday, Aug. 4.
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