Bridgeport open to taking in immigran...

Bridgeport open to taking in immigrant kids

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ctnews

Bridgeport, CT

#1 Jul 21, 2014
Washington – The City of Bridgeport is exploring whether it has the facilities that would meet federal requirements to host some of the Central American migrant children who are in overcrowded federal holding centers along the borders, said a city spokesman.

“No decisions have been made on this front. But as a father of four kids, and as the chief executive of our state’s largest city, Mayor Finch believes that it’s his duty to at least explore possible ways to help kids who are in-need,” said Brett Broesder, spokesman for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.“He sees this as an issue about ensuring the safety and security of children, not about politics. He also believes that sheltering kids who are in-need has the potential to strengthen Bridgeport’s already strong immigrant community.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is a sizeable community of Central American immigrants living in Fairfield County.

About 11,000 Central Americans lived in Stamford in 2012, the census bureau said, and nearly 6,000 lived in Bridgeport. In both cities, the largest group came from Guatemala, although there were also thousands from Honduras and El Salvador. The three Central American nations are responsible for most

The Obama administration has asked states, cities, counties school districts and nonprofits and others who might be able to offer residential services for the children, for a month or more, until they can be released to relatives or undergo immigration procedures that would determine whether they have a legal right to stay in the United States.

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Relocation (ORR) is offering grants in the amounts of between $500,000 and $100 million to help pay for the temporary care of more than 55,000 children who have arrived unaccompanied to the United States.

“Mayor Finch knows it would be unfair to Bridgeport residents to even consider an effort that would take away city services or resources,” Broesder said.“He’s only willing to consider this if federal funds pay for all transportation, legal representation and shelter costs – or any other costs associated with taking action.”

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp is also looking at city properties to determine if New Haven can apply for one of the grants. Some nonprofits in the state that have residential facilities for children are also exploring the possibility of applying for an ORR grant before an Aug. 5 deadline.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has ruled out using state properties to house the kids, saying there are none that would meet federal specifications.

The flood of unaccompanied foreign children has blindsided the Obama administration, which has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis – and for a way to change federal law so the children could be deported more swiftly to their homelands.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border last week as part of a congressional delegation, said he opposes any effort to change the law to speed up deportation of the kids. A human-trafficking law passed in 2008 prevents Central American children from being deported before their cases have been reviewed by immigration judges.

‘These are children. This is not their fault they are fleeing their country,” Blumenthal said.

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“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#2 Jul 21, 2014
Yeah, because Bridgeport is awash in services and money, and taking in several thousand kids who don't speak english will have no effect on the schools.

Since: Jun 14

Stratford, CT

#3 Jul 21, 2014
Just what Bridgeport needs, more drug dealers, more drug users, and teen girls having babies. Shame on Finch.
BPT

Waterbury, CT

#4 Jul 22, 2014
these wonderful liberal do nothing democrats. looks like their incompetence is going to spread across the nation.
kind of feel bad for the kids, is life that bad down in central America that a parent would send their child ALONE to another country?
that's the bigger picture..........
ctnews

Bridgeport, CT

#5 Jul 22, 2014
Fitch want that grant money
Bridgeport Girl

Bridgeport, CT

#6 Jul 22, 2014
Bridgeport can't take care of the kids we have in the city. Take care of our own first, then do what you want.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#7 Jul 22, 2014
BPT wrote:
these wonderful liberal do nothing democrats. looks like their incompetence is going to spread across the nation.
kind of feel bad for the kids, is life that bad down in central America that a parent would send their child ALONE to another country?
that's the bigger picture..........
However, even if their lives are hell in central america, is that reason enough to bring them all here? Potentially, that is hundreds of millions of children. Bangladesh, etc. We really can go broke trying to save the neediest in the world- and the rest of the world will continue to have miserable places. Plus, american liberalism just doesn't work- look at the dysfunction of DCF, the overload of social work, the terrible inner city schools. The inner city gangs. Thats the shitty system these kids are headed for. Thats hardly kind.
ctnews

Bridgeport, CT

#8 Jul 22, 2014
Citizen44 wrote:
<quoted text>
However, even if their lives are hell in central america, is that reason enough to bring them all here? Potentially, that is hundreds of millions of children. Bangladesh, etc. We really can go broke trying to save the neediest in the world- and the rest of the world will continue to have miserable places. Plus, american liberalism just doesn't work- look at the dysfunction of DCF, the overload of social work, the terrible inner city schools. The inner city gangs. Thats the shitty system these kids are headed for. Thats hardly kind.
some of the kids work for mexican criminals I would'nt be shock if ms13 is here.
brandy

Naugatuck, CT

#9 Jul 23, 2014
Do we really need more of uneducated, unskilled people in this country? We do a good job of producing them ourselves with record numbers of people on food stamps and other social services, do we really need more? I feel sorry for these people,they are pawns used by both parties in this country. It's the average working class person that gets fuked from both sides.
Wait for the outbreak of diseases in schools. The other folks who's vaccinations were long ago and weak are at risk too. These young girls will disappear and end up working for a pimps.The young boys will be in gangs. Nothing good will come of this. At least the democrats will have more voters and the chamber of commerce will drive down wages and have lots of cheap labor.
The catholic church will have more people showing up in church.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#10 Jul 23, 2014
brandy wrote:
Do we really need more of uneducated, unskilled people in this country? We do a good job of producing them ourselves with record numbers of people on food stamps and other social services, do we really need more? I feel sorry for these people,they are pawns used by both parties in this country. It's the average working class person that gets fuked from both sides.
Wait for the outbreak of diseases in schools. The other folks who's vaccinations were long ago and weak are at risk too. These young girls will disappear and end up working for a pimps.The young boys will be in gangs. Nothing good will come of this. At least the democrats will have more voters and the chamber of commerce will drive down wages and have lots of cheap labor.
The catholic church will have more people showing up in church.
It's the democrat way of winning elections. And hey black people: they will now ignore you as never before, while these immigrants take away your jobs and use your social services. Because 60 years of democrat city rule has helped you so much, right?
lifeisshort

United States

#11 Aug 4, 2014
Bridgeport Girl wrote:
Bridgeport can't take care of the kids we have in the city. Take care of our own first, then do what you want.
There are a lot of people who agree with you 100%, me included. Why is it that the U.S. can spend millions on people from other countries but when it comes down to taking care of our own our government fails miserably. It's time that WE came first for a change.
When the U.S. has floods, drought, earthquakes, fires and all other disasters I haven't seen or heard of any foreign country coming to our aid.
Maybe we should throw out all those don't-get-involved countries in the United Nations building and stockpile it with provisions for the American people who may need it in one of these disasters.
Tom

Stratford, CT

#12 Aug 5, 2014
lifeisshort wrote:
<quoted text>There are a lot of people who agree with you 100%, me included. Why is it that the U.S. can spend millions on people from other countries but when it comes down to taking care of our own our government fails miserably. It's time that WE came first for a change.
When the U.S. has floods, drought, earthquakes, fires and all other disasters I haven't seen or heard of any foreign country coming to our aid.
Maybe we should throw out all those don't-get-involved countries in the United Nations building and stockpile it with provisions for the American people who may need it in one of these disasters.
Amen brother!

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