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Some local officials in the Lowcountry support a resolution passed by Columbia's city council to welcome 350 immigrant children to stay with sponsors or family members until their immigration case is processed.
The resolution was passed Tuesday and put fourth by Mayor Steven Benjamin's office.
The resolution reads in part: WHEREAS, the City of Columbia was founded in the spirit echoed in the words of Senator John Lewis Gervais who hoped "the oppressed of every land might find a refuge under the wings of Columbia."
Rodney Williams on Charleston's city council said, "I commend the resolution of the City of Columbia, I think it is the right thing to do, and it's just the right step to separate the humane treatment of people from politics."
American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU executive director of South Carolina, Victoria Middleton, called the resolution a good step forward in enacting a comprehensive immigration reform, which the Congress hasn't done since 1986.
"The constitution affords the protection of equal treatment and due process under the law to all persons in our country and we have a legal framework in place to address the issue of these unaccompanied children. The problem is the judicial system for reviewing immigration status is woefully under funded and the U.S. government has been putting an enormous amount of money into militarizing the border not funding the judicial process," said Middleton.
However, many South Carolinians are against any welcoming sign to the 350 immigrant children because of money.
"I've been spending a lot of money on my paperwork. I came here like a teacher and I don't have a problem with people coming to America legally," said Leolora Cabuten, a legal immigrant from Summerville.
"They don't pay taxes here. And if we go to their country we better get out of there. So I believe the kids need to stay on their side of the border," said Paul Drayton of Ravenel.
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