Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff says he opposes a proposal to shelter immigrant children at a Catholic Charities facility in his district.
"I have been getting calls from constituents with concerns," he said Saturday. "We have enough issues and problems in our own backyard here, and we don't need to take on other people's problems."
Catholic Charities announced last week that it wants to care for 50 children fleeing violence in Central America. The agency would shelter them at St. Vincent's Villa in Timonium, but still must submit an application to federal officials by Aug. 5.
"Catholic Charities does phenomenal work," said Huff, a Lutherville Republican. "But my opinion is they have to stick with the work here of our own."
County Council candidate Del. Wade Kach, who defeated Huff in the Republican primary last month, also opposes the plan. He sent a letter to Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori on Saturday, saying he is "greatly alarmed" by the proposal and asking for at least two public meetings on Catholic Charities' plan.
"These detainees must be treated humanely while in our nation, but they need to be returned promptly to ensure that this cycle of unlawful migration does not continue," Kach wrote.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has not taken a public position on the issue, but said Friday that Catholic Charities needs no county approvals or assistance to submit its application to federal officials.
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