Photo: Unaccompanied minors
Los Angeles will offer refuse to unaccompanied minors detained after they crossed the U.S. border and the city government is in the midst of talks with federal agencies to be able to put its plan into effect, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
“Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration, these are children,” the mayor said Tuesday at a forum organized by Politico magazine.
“As a father, who are we as Americans if we don’t step forward first and say, these kids who are isolated, alone? Let’s get them someplace safe and secure,” he said.
He said that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had contacted his administration, but he did not reveal any details about what kind of shelter would be offered to the children or when the program would start.
Garcetti said that the city is also an appropriate place for reuniting the minors with their families in the hope that their legal situation will be resolved, given that many of the parents reside in greater Los Angeles.
The entry across the border with Mexico of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors in recent months has created an immigration crisis and spurred President Barack Obama to request $3.7 billion in emergency supplementary funding from Congress to deal with the situation.