UPDATE: The Carrboro Board of Aldermen unanimously passed Tuesday the resolution supporting unaccompanied immigrant minors.
(Original blog post below.)
At a time when some North Carolina communities have taken public positions against taking in children detained while trying to cross the nation’s southern border, Carrboro town leaders could vote to say they’d welcome taking these minors.
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a resolution saying the town “is a welcoming community for minors seeking refuge from violence in their home countries and is a welcoming community for the sponsors of these minors.”
The resolution says that the Board of Aldermen “supports municipal and county efforts to welcome and provide services to minors seeking refuge from violence in their home countries and encourages continuing collaboration among governmental entities to support and protect these minors.”
A copy of the resolution would be sent to different groups, including the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system. The left-leaning town of Carrboro is located in Orange County.
Figures from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement show that 45,029 children who were detained at the nation’s southern border were placed with sponsors, usually relatives, between Jan. 1 and Sept 30. North Carolina has received 1,695 of those children.
Fewer than 50 children have been relocated to Orange County.
In August, Gov. Pat McCrory said he wanted more information about the children being placed in the state.
Some North Carolina county governments – such as Brunswick, Rowan and Surry – have passed resolutions asking that the federal government not relocate any unaccompanied children to their counties.
The children have primarily come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and say they’re fleeing violence or unrest. The Carrboro resolution says that “Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate, and El Salvador has the world’s fourth highest murder rate.”