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Harris County Not Involved In Immigration Surge Response Yet

County Judge says he’s been getting calls from concerned citizens.

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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says his office has fielded calls from residents concerned about Bush Airport being used as a hub for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the border by the thousands over the past few months.

Emmett says the calls started last week when immigration officials announced many of the children would be flown here and then moved on to other destinations.

He says the county has had no involvement in the movement or care of the children and that residents shouldn’t be concerned.

“The reality is, as long as they’re in the custody of Customs and Immigration Service, then they’re handling that. I had people concerned about the health threat,” Emmett said. “They’re being checked at the border and the ones in Terminal D were in essence quarantined and then were moved somewhere else.”
 
Emmett says at the end of the day, this is a humanitarian issue that has taken on unnecessary political overtones.

“Nobody wanted this circumstance to happen, but you’ve got to figure out what to do with it now that it’s here,” said Emmett. “It’s like any other disaster and crisis. You deal with the problem before you start worrying about pointing fingers and trying to exacerbate the problem.”

Emmett says federal officials have not asked Harris County for assistance and he doesn’t expect them
to.