Some have claimed that the children pose a public health threat.
But the Times quotes Krista Piferrer, a spokeswoman for Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS), which runs shelters for Central American children in three states: “The illnesses that we’re seeing at these sites are not unlike what public school nurses see. We do not believe that these children present any public health concern.”
Others have more humanitarian concerns, pointing out that some proposed shelter sites—such as a former Army Reserve Center in Maryland that lacks security or running water—are hardly “hospitable,” as Kimberly Propeack, an attorney with the immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland, put it.
Meanwhile, the Texas-based Migrant Clinicians Network is advocating a different solution: Foster homes. “Care of these children is a humanitarian need that transcends political affiliations,” a statement reads. “There is an urgent need for families to host these children in the foster system rather than to keep them in makeshift detention centers.”
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