Nebraska Activists Decry Plight of Immigrant Kids

Posted 5 months ago

By Associated Press

immigration-kidsLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some Hispanic and civil rights activists in Nebraska say the thousands of children who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexican border are refugees from violence, not immigrants who should be summarily returned.

The activists criticized Nebraska governmental leaders who on Monday formally asked federal officials for information about the more than 200 children who have been placed in the state.

Shirl A. Mora James is a Lincoln civil rights and immigration attorney, and she said the children are refugees from Central American countries “that have the highest murder rates in the world.”

Lincoln activist Jose Soto says he’s “a little disappointed the plight of these young kids was politicized” and sees no value in “talking about deportation without knowing what their situation or status really is.”


  • harryj

    Since these activists are so gung-ho on keeping these kids, why don`t they foot all the money it costs to keep them here and leave the tax payers along? OK, they came from the “murder capitol” of the world and will most likely bring the same here. We have enough problems with the illegals filling the prisons now and do not need more. Another thing, what happens to a American citizen who illegally crossed the Mexican border? Do they get free everything like the Mexicans who cross our border? Nope, they get tossed into jail for who knows how long and the Mexican jails are not nice.

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    • c69101

      Yep, how long has our Marine been in jail in that crap hole mexico now?

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  • c69101

    Since these people did not register with state DHHS personal, they are NOT considered refugee`s, they are illegals period!

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    • Rhea

      c69101 – where do you get your information???? State DHHS personnel have NOTHING to do with determining refugee status LOL!!!! Refugee status is applied for at any port of entry, with US Immigration, which is the reason the majority of these people IMMEDIATELY turn themselves in to Immigration once they cross the border.

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      • c69101

        And cannot be placed in a state without first being placed in state dhhs system genius. Therefore, they are illegals. Case in point the sneaky way they are being housed.Also, I got my info by the state dhhs refugee person out of Lincoln. They are illegals!

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        • Rhea

          Re-read my original comment – I was disputing your statement that these people have to register with state DHHS personnel, and their failure to do so makes them illegal. You are so wrong about that! State DHHS does NOT take custody of these immigrants NOR do they determine refugee status. If they did, then the governor would have access to all of the information he wants. As it is, the feds will determine refugee status, and if they are determined to be legal refugees, THEN they may become involved with the State DHHS system and be eligible for the State Refugee Resettlement program.

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          • c69101

            They do have to register according to Karen Parde, and they are illegal. They have been placed in this state illegally.

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