PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Holy Family Institute in Emsworth is taking in 20 children, all under the age of 12, and housing them until they can go before an immigration judge. The surrounding community disagrees with the church’s choice and isn’t ready to have illegal immigrants living among them.
Since October, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the southern border in hopes of finding a better life in America. The swarm of children has taken over the military facilities and required the government to find other locations to keep the children.
Sister Linda Yankoski, at Holy Family, says each child deserves a fair hearing.
“We do think this is something the United States should do, and we’re glad to be a part of that,” she said.
But John Feere is the legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies where they focus their concern on educating the community on the consequences of legal and illegal immigrants coming into America.
Feere says he believes that President Obama as been misinterpreting the 2008 law, and by doing so, illegal immigrants have flooded into the country.
Feere explains the 2008 law was put in place for the victims of human trafficking. Those people were forced into labor they did not willingly choose, but these illegal immigrants have chosen to illegally come into the country, knowing that they were violating the law.
He continues that this law was meant to rescue the victims, capture the criminals and shut down the organizations. Then, those victims would be entitled to certain benefits and a type of status to stay in the United States instead of being deported.
“When it comes to smuggling, these are people who are, in many ways, criminals themselves because they’re a part of this criminal process of helping the smuggling come along,” said Feere. “And what we’re basically doing right now is providing benefits, that are supposed to go to victims, to people who are actually the culprits of the smuggling operation.”