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Ohio representative wants to punish communities that house immigrant kids
Immigrant activist says the bill would hurt those trying to alleviate a national and humanitarian crisis
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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State Rep. John Adams introduced a new bill that would cut funding to places that house immigrants.
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A state representative want to strip state funding from any communities or companies that house undocumented immigrant children from Central America.

Rep. John Adams of Sidney says he is concerned that minors who are ill or involved with gangs could enter the Ohio. He also says the federal government needs to improve its communication with the states.

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"Even the Kasich administration has said they inquired for four days regarding 360 children that have come into Ohio since January 1st. So their concern is valid too, that the federal government’s not telling them where they are, what their status is or who they’re with.”

Adams introduced his bill this week.

Veronica Dahlberg is an immigrant advocate in Northeast Ohio. She says Adam’s policy would hurt people trying to help with a national crisis.

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“I just think that it’s a reaction to the hysteria and what it does is it’s punishing the generosity of the American people. We have some very generous and charitable people here in the state of Ohio. We’ve already had over 300 kids who have come in and been placed so why punish that?

Dahlberg says the Border Patrol is vetting any minors for gang backgrounds or illnesses before sending them to Ohio.

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