Let me say quickly that I think getting support to those children in the humanitarian crisis is the moral and the right thing to do. Limited resources are very important. I think even Glenn Beck sending food and water and clothing is the right thing. But there is also a crisis in Chicago its not either or its both and. We cannot turn our backs on those children there nor here in Englewood. A thousand have been shot this year 200 have been killed several thousand last year. To me it seems we need a comprehensive plan here at home as well.Cities along the Southern border are starting to feel the financial strain of the growing illegal immigration crisis and many conservative governors (see here and here) are fighting back. However Texas mayor Raul Salinas of Laredo (right) has stated he will not be diverting anymore of his citys public funds to provide aid for illegals pouring into the U.S. Other cities are joining his lead:
City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody and Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas has said the city need to protect its own citizens. Salinas said hundreds of illegal immigrants are released at Laredos bus stations.Our bus stations are full" Salinas said. Illegal immigrants stop at a building in downtown Laredo to take a shower grab a change of clothes and eat before continuing their journey north. The site functions more like a rest stop and is run by a faith-based group. Whats going to happen when the faith organizations run out of money? The burden will be on cities" Salinas said.Thank goodness there are tough Mayors willing to stand up for local taxpayers who shouldnt have to foot the bill because of Obamas reckless policies. Jackson makes a surprisingly good point. Why not save that $4 billion in welfare Obama wants to give to illegal immigrants and spend it on American children? Or better yet pass massive tax cuts and encourage economic activity… so people can lift themselves out of poverty. When Obama loses Jesse Jackson then who is left to support his Administrations out-of-touch agenda?
Laredos position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen which has spent thousands in tax dollars helping Central Americans released from Border Patrol custody.The city of McAllen confirmed last week that it spent more than $70000 in June to help shelter immigrants. Salinas said Laredo will not spend a penny. Were strapped. We cannot put the local taxpayers in strain" Salinas said. Were not going to raise taxes. If use some tax money and were strapped for money now are we going to get reimbursed? Thats the challenge that we face" Salinas said.