Austin, Texas 7-23-14
The Austin Texas Tea Party
3267 Bee Caves Rd Ste 107 #222
Austin, TX 78746-6773
V: 888-676-7221 x:701
Travis County and the City of Austin Should Not Support Housing Illegal Alien Children
The humanitarian crisis at the border with Mexico and now deep within our country is a direct result of President Obama’s 2012 executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Tens of thousands of Central American children have left their homes and families to illegally enter America. The majority of these children have been subjected to harsh and inhumane treatment while traveling to the border. Many have died trying to cross the border. There is great public concern not only for the illegal alien children but for our own children and the communities we live in.
“People are quite concerned about how this is going to impact our nation’s sovereignty, and how it is going to impact communities,” Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said. “The public health security of our nation, issues with smallpox and scabies and TB—those are true concerns for Americans and for the Border Patrol working to end this, and the National Guard who are on the border, and for the direct-care providers in these facilities trying to care for these children.”
Do we, the citizens of Travis County, really want to house and support these illegal alien children or should they be immediately sent back to their homes and families? In response to Austin Interfaith’s urging of our county and city officials to aid these illegal aliens, we would like to ask our county and city officials the following questions:
1) Does this Council/Commission have any advance information concerning any illegal immigrants coming to our city/County? Are there any coming here and, if so, how many?
2) Where are these illegal aliens to be housed or detained? Will there be any public debate offered regarding the locations chosen for housing illegal aliens?
3) Has the city/county enough financial resources to manage an influx of hundreds or thousands of non-English speaking, indigent people? Are the enough law enforcement resources, hospital and medical services, and other civic resources funded and available to manage illegal aliens re-located to our communities?
4) Does the city/county have a contingency/emergency plan developed to cover this specific scenario?
5) Will the care and services available to citizens in this city/county be affected by the sudden and large influx of illegal aliens?
We encourage our county and city official to be forthright with answers to these questions and more. We encourage our county and city officials to hold public hearings and debates before acting on this important issue. We encourage all candidates running for city council and mayor to take a public stand.
We urge our local, state and federal official to take immediate steps to resend/defund DACA, to secure our border with Mexico and to send the illegal alien children back to their homes and families.