As the immigration crisis continues and some “compassionate” conservatives bar their cities from assisting displaced children, the mayor of Los Angeles is working to make sure those children will have a place to stay.
While the move has angered some, the mayor insists the funding for the housing will come from the federal government and not city coffers.
In an interview with NPR’s Arun Rath, LA mayor Eric Garcetti said he is working with the White House to try to make sure minors that have illegally crossed the border aren’t left out in the cold.
Some have attacked Garcetti for assisting illegal immigrants instead of dealing with local concerns, or of creating a long-term strain for the city.
However, the mayor recognizes the weight of the current circumstances had this to say:
“This is an emergency situation. These are kids first and foremost. And then of course, you know, we do have to go through formal procedures on what will happen with them. I would love to see those things accelerated. I would love them to see, you know, a faster path to citizenship for people who already live here. I would love to see our borders secured, but that shouldn’t keep us from action at moments of humanitarian crisis.”
Some would complain that Garcetti’s compassion might only encourage more illegal immigration.. However, while Garcetti advises against illegal border crossings, he is more concerned about the what to do with the children that are already here.
“…for me, the reason that I’m reaching out is we have children that are here. But I certainly wouldn’t encourage people to send their children or for children to cross the border. That’s an incredibly dangerous journey. And I’d want people to hear that loud and clear. But just as loud and clear, I think we have an obligation, once we suddenly have children that are in our country here, to be caring about them while we determine their final status.”
True public servants like Eric Garcetti put immigration-protesting Republicans to shame. If these shameful Right-wingers had half as much interest in actually helping people as Garcetti, we would have an immigration crisis to begin with.
Listen to the full NPR interview below: