Mayor Turner Says He Does Not Support Use Of Facility In Houston To House Children Separated From Families

During a press conference on Tuesday Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed the City’s and his personal opposition to setting up a facility in Houston to shelter immigrant children who have been split from their parents upon arrival to the border looking for asylum in the U.S.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday he does not support the use of a facility on Emancipation Avenue to shelter immigrant children who were separated from their families at the border.

Turner said he met with Southwest Key representatives and asked them to reconsider.

“Because if we facilitate these type of policies, then what do we do the next time?” he asked. “It becomes a little bit easier. And the next time, it becomes a little bit easier. And then one morning we will wake up and ask ourselves, what sort of society have we allowed ourselves to create?”


Flanked by dozens of political, faith and community advocates, Turner said he has no issue with Southwest Key itself. The nonprofit runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters in Texas, Arizona and California, according to their website.

News 88.7 has reached out to Southwest Key for comment. We will update this post once we hear back.




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