O'Malley's Stance On Immigration Issue: 'Hospitality To Strangers'
Updated: Saturday, July 12 2014, 03:04 PM EDT
At the National Governors Association meeting in Nashville this week, Governor Martin O'Malley weighed in on the current immigration discussion.
According to a Politico article about the meeting, O'Malley said in a press conference: "We are not a country that should send children away and send them back to certain death. I believe that we should be guided by the greatest power we have as a people, and that is the power of our principles. Through all of our great world religions, we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity."
His comments come in the midst of reports that the Army Reserve Center in Westminster is being considered by the federal government as temporary housing for thousands of undocumented children from Central America, an option with which some officials disagree.
"These unaccompanied minors who have entered our nation illegally must not be brought to Carroll County Maryland," said Congressman Andy Harris, Republican-District 1.
Harris has said that he will go through the House Appropriations Committee to prevent the children from stopping over in Carroll County.
"Flying them to Maryland only to turn around and fly them back home is nonsensical. Instead, President Obama should immediately return them to their nation of origin. President Obama created this problem and now he should fix it," said Harris.
On Tuesday, President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to aid in the border crisis.