This week in Council, my colleagues and I unanimously approved a city-wide resolution calling for the immediate support and humane treatment of unaccompanied immigrant minors from Central America.

We stand with a coalition of Central American community organizations and local residents, such as the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF) and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to express our support of ensuring that all minors receive a fair immigration hearing and consideration of their status as refugees.

Right now, at this very moment, the unaccompanied children from Central America are numbering in the tens of thousands. Just a few days ago, Congress went into recess without dealing with this issue on a substantive level, allowing for the issue to be consumed by politics.

Our compassion for innocent children should have no boundaries and no borders.

This is no time for judgement, it’s time for compassion. This country can help.  We must help, and we are at the local level. The City has now told the Federal government that it is ready to be a partner -- it is time for Congress to Act and partner with local jurisdictions and share resources for this growing crisis.

I stand with my colleagues today as we ask the Federal government to treat this as the humanitarian issue, and lead by example as to how we should treat our neighbors. Debemos tener compasión por los niños.


PHOTO: I stand with my colleagues Curren Price, Jr., Gil Cedillo, and Nury Martinez, as well as SALEF and CARECEN to express our support of ensuring all minors receive fair immigration hearings and consideration of their status as refugees.

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