I'm rather embarrassed of some of the people in my town today.
Emotions are running high in Emsworth, where the Holy Family Institute has announced that it will take in up to three dozen child immigrants from Central America who have crossed the U.S. border illegally.
The Catholic nonprofit will house the unaccompanied minors while they wait to be placed with a family member or foster parents. The children will be under the age of 12. Sister Linda Yankoski of Holy Family plans to hold a public forum at 7 p.m. July 29 to address area residents' concerns about the institute's plans.
"A lot of community members are concerned about the disease and drug cartel involvement these children could bring," said Emsworth Mayor Dee Quinn. "The news was quite a shock."
Never mind that most of the "disease" concerns are totally without merit, a phantom created by the right-wing noise machine in order cast these refuges (and that's what they are) as "the other." Luckily, Central America doesn't have Jenny McCarthy and does have universal health care, so their vaccination rates are actually better than ours.
As approved and certified foster parents, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we get a phone call sometime in the future looking to place some of these children with us, and we will welcome them.