Petition to Georgetown: Immigrant children welcomed in the city

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A group of Georgetown residents are sending a message to their city council Tuesday about immigration.

They’re open to the idea of their town sheltering children who are crossing the border. They’ll be presenting a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures on it.

“The purpose of the petition was just to show to city council that there are a lot of people in town who don’t believe this and don’t listen to the Tea party over the rest of the people in the town they are a vocal minority, a very vocal minority and we don’t want them to represent us,” said Dr. Sherwin Kahn, a Georgetown resident.

This petition all comes as a result of an anti-immigrant group asking city council to approve a resolution that was similar to what Marble Falls passed last month.

It’s basically a symbolic measure that states the city doesn’t want the federal government to house children who have crossed the border illegally in the town.

As a result, Georgetown resident Dr. Sherwin Kahn started a petition on MoveOn.org that has received nearly 2,000 signatures.

It states the town would fully support children being housed in Georgetown.

Several weeks ago the Baptist church looked at turning a former nursing home into a shelter. However, it wasn’t zoned correctly, and city staff wouldn’t approve it.

Kahn believes that if another location becomes available he wants Council to know many residents are for it.

“These children deserve sanctuary,” said Kahn. “These are at-risk children we are concerned about, at-risk children all the time in this country and yet we are going to ignore these refugee children who are asking for sanctuary. That’s not right.”

Out of the 2,000 signatures, Kahn said only 40 percent are from Georgetown residents and that those are not necessarily verified.

In all, that amounts to about 1 percent of the Georgetown population.

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