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Undocumented children could get Durham's official support

Posted December 18, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014

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— The Durham City Council is considering adopting a resolution to show support for children in the community who are in the U.S. illegally.

Councilman Steve Schewel proposed the resolution, saying there are about 300 undocumented children living in Durham and that many of the families or sponsors of these children are an important part of the community.

The resolution, which is expected to be voted on Jan. 5, expresses the city's commitment to the children from Latin America and support for the schools, churches, businesses and nonprofits that provide services to them.

Representatives from community groups spoke to the City Council on Thursday, encouraging members to pass the resolution.

Carrboro and Orange County leaders have passed similar resolutions, and George Eppsteiner of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice said more communities could follow suit.

"There are large Latino children populations in Wake County, Guilford County, Mecklenberg County. It certainly wouldn't be surprising if those local governments recognized that those children have a right to attend schools and they're welcoming them in their community," Eppsteiner said.

Other communities haven't been as welcoming. Officials in Dare County, for example, recently considered a resolution discouraging anyone from housing minors in the U.S. illegally before ultimately voting it down.

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  • Terry Watts Dec 19, 2014
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    What does "secure the border" mean??? A 50 wall? A moat? Minefields? Just saying "secure the border" is absolutely meaningless unless you can suggest an actually plan for "securing the border". And by "plan", I mean how much in tax-dollars are you willing to pay yourself in order to keep children on "that" side of the river???

  • Sandra Elizabeth Dec 19, 2014
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    Really. SECURE the Borders FIRST. Then
    Any illegal with a criminal offense deport. Any affiliation with a gang, Deport. Noticed all them random shootings in Durham. You want that stuff you can keep it.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 19, 2014

    The GOP does not like Obama’s immigration plan but their counter plan does not exist.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 19, 2014

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    They do but you call that "handouts" and condemn the children for being "freeloaders" and "lazy."

  • affirmativediversity Dec 19, 2014

    Wish they'd show the same empathy and support for American children and "their sponsors"...you know, the people they are elected to actually represent and empathize with!

  • Matt Wood Dec 19, 2014
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    Not really. The cases filed against Obama's executive order haven't even made it before a judge. The judge you're referring to made that ruling on his own in a completely unrelated case - a case dealing with an illegal immigrant, yes, but Obama's action was never part of the case. The judge had to do some real acrobats to make his case - which existed before the EO was announced - include a ruling on the EO. Talk about an activist judge!

  • lovingmylife Dec 19, 2014

    We can't even take care of the American born legal children, but we want to take care of illegals. smh

  • Terry Watts Dec 19, 2014
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    Define "protect our borders"???

  • Terry Watts Dec 19, 2014
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    For the bazillionth time:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plyler_v._Doe

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 19, 2014

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    As much as I want to say that that is an entirely unfair assessment the truth is that's why if one is a law abiding citizen you get called for jury duty so often living in Durham County. With the revolving door justice system there are so many cases but a small pool of law abiding citizens to choose jurors from. I'm so glad the defendants can now choose to pass on a jury trial, this was voted on just recently.

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