The resistance of many local communities across the United States to becoming destinations – even temporary ones – for unaccompanied minors who have been swarming the southern border has dominated headlines.
But at the same time, in a more quiet fashion, many other communities and local governments are extending a welcome to the children, describing it as a moral imperative to lend a hand.
The board of supervisors in Santa Clara County in California is weighing the options for helping children who are here alone.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, went before the board recently to say she had been horrified after visiting a facility near the border where some of the children were staying. She said the county should find ways to provide humane shelter for the kids while they wait for their court dates, according to the San Jose Mercury.