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Delegate: Gangs, Drugs, 'Terror Elements' Can Follow Illegal Kids to Virginia

Del. Scott Lingamfelter hoping to prevent any state-supported humanitarian effort to house undocumented, unaccompanied children.

Del. Scott Lingamfelter hoping to prevent any state-endorsed humanitarian effort to house undocumented, unaccompanied children.
Del. Scott Lingamfelter hoping to prevent any state-endorsed humanitarian effort to house undocumented, unaccompanied children.

The debate over what, if anything, Virginia should do to address a humanitarian crises on the U.S. border with Mexico has reached a worst-case scenario with fears of terrorism.

Since late 2013, unaccompanied children have been flooding over the southern border, stressing the resources of the federal government and nonprofit partners. The issue now is at the center of a stalled debate over immigration reform in Washington, D.C., and has raised tensions in communities across the country.

Federal agencies handling the undocumented children have been reaching out to governors across the country regarding potential temporary housing.

In a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge and chair of the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, warned of drug cartels and "terror elements" taking advantage of any kindness offered to these children.

More: County Wants Answers on Refugee Children Sheltered in Region

"While we are both concerned about the safety of the children who have entered the United States illegally, we must also be concerned with the possibility that criminal gangs and the drug cartels will use the crisis to exploit and enlarge their unlawful activities throughout the nation," Lingamfelter wrote. "Moreover, terror elements could potentially use the confusion to enter U.S. territory." 

The delegate asked the governor to make no effort to directly or indirectly allow these children to enter the state. 

One Bristow nonprofit, Youth for Tomorrow, is already providing emergency shelter for undocumented minors. The program is operated through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

An HHS spokesperson would not comment on the number of undocumented children in Northern Virginia, but told The Washington Post that, “HHS pays for and provides all services for the children through its network of grantees." 

The spokesperson also noted that children spend less than 35 days on average at the shelters and do not integrate into the local community.

Natassia Grover July 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I call bull****, Bill. If those countries are so terrible, why aren't the parents fleeing with their children rather than handing their daughters birth control pills in case they get raped on the way? Why aren't the parents giving their children up for adoption to American, Canadian, or European couples? This is not about being refugees. These kids are being used as anchors in order to facilitate the transfer of entire family groups who plan on resettling permanently in America.
Concerned_Citizen9 July 18, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Bill, 1) See how you feel when your kid's high school becomes infested with violent drug dealers and gang members - such as MS13. 2) Our country is $17,000,000,000,000 in debt! We can't stand to continue 'helping' everyone out. Our country is on a path to financial destruction. WE have to start fixing that problem now!! 3) If you feel so strongly, I suggest you open a room or two within your home and invite a few of the illegals to come live with you. That would show your commitment to helping them, and is a much better solution than you volunteering to spend my tax money.
Mr. Reality July 18, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Bill, how many times a day does someone tell you to pull your head out of your ass?
Shelly July 19, 2014 at 05:38 AM
“HHS pays for and provides all services for the children through its network of grantees." Really? More than half of the children in my kids school speak a language other than English and two-thirds of the kids get free lunch and breakfast provided. HHS gets their money from tax payers, ergo we are all paying ALREADY. The best way to help is to reinforce the border, stop illegal immigration, change the laws to stop chain immigration and anchor babies by banning those caught here illegally from EVER obtaining citizenship. Then, we need to institute a comprehensive program to establish economic opportunities within the countries from which the people are fleeing. Across our country natural resources are being stretched to the limits. Some areas are running out of water. Every day hundreds of acres of farming are lost to development and landfills are quickly reaching capacity. How long will our environment be able to sustain a growing population that is outpacing the environments capacity to provide water, feed, shelter, and absorb their waste? Is it not better to export our knowledge to their home countries and work with them to solve the original challenges they are facing?
Doug Dougie Jaeger July 21, 2014 at 06:47 AM
Shelly gets it! Well stated, ma'am!

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