Houston Suburb Bans Illegal Children

Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 09:51 AM

By Melanie Batley

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The city council of a Houston suburb has passed a resolution banning undocumented children from entering the municipality, as concerns grow about the local impact of the influx of immigrants from Central America streaming across the southern U.S. border.

The ordinance passed by the League City council stipulates that the city will decline to accept federal requests to operate detention or processing centers within its borders, citing health and safety concerns among other reasons, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The resolution passed 6-2 and more than 25 residents spoke during Tuesday's meeting.

A similar measure was passed in Galveston County also on Tuesday, the Chronicle reported.

So far, there are no known requests by the federal government to house children in League City.

The move came the same day President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to address the escalating crisis that has seen tens of thousands of children entering the United States unaccompanied and in need of shelter and care.

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