Dayton Mayor Gets Pushback For Offer To House Immigrant Children

Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the numbers of young children coming into the U.S. alone from central America constitute a humanitarian crisis.(Photo: City of Dayton)
Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the numbers of young children coming into the U.S. alone from central America constitute a humanitarian crisis.(Photo: City of Dayton)

A feud is unfolding over whether Dayton should take in immigrant children from Central America who have been crossing the border by the tens of thousands in recent months.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is facing off against Congressman Mike Turner and local politicians. The Democratic Whaley says the numbers of young children coming into the U.S. alone from central America constitute a humanitarian crisis.

When the federal government contacted her in early July about potentially housing some of them temporarily, she said—of course.

“These are children, and they need to be treated humanely while they’re on American soil and while we go through the due process with them,” Whaley says.

But a group of Republicans including U.S. Representative Mike Turner has penned a letter to President Barack Obama. It says Mayor Whaley doesn’t represent the region.

Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis signed on.

“We’re a nation of immigrants, however this has now jumped that line clearly into illegal immigrants.”

Jarvis and others say the region can’t afford to provide for the kids, even temporarily.

Congressman Turner, who represents Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force base put out a release saying “Mayor Whaley does not have the authority, the resources or the support to speak on behalf of Dayton and the surrounding communities.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says its shelters are overcrowded, and it’s offering funds for organizations who open up space.

Catholic Charities in Cincinnati has applied for a grant.

Comments
  • ohioan123

    They’re illegals/criminals, they’re not immigrants.

    The U.S. already welcomes anywhere from 500,000 to over 700,000 real
    immigrants who actually go through the process to become legal, naturalized citizens — Every single year. Isn’t that enough?

  • gthog61

    so so compassionate and caring and morally superior to everyone else…by volunteering to spend somebody else’s money

  • 5topAmnesty

    You guys ELECTED a DEMOCRAT so you could FEEL GOOD about yourselves (and teach those Tea Party monsters a lesson).

    Now that she’s FLOODING your city with Central American rejects, you EXACTLY who she is and who the Democrats are in supporting this policy.