District 19 Candidates have differing views on immigrant children

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Updated: 7/10/2014 9:43 pm
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District 19 candidates Randy Neugebauer and Neal Machbanks have different opinions on bringing immigrant children to a closed detention facility in Littlefield.
City Manager, Mike Arismendez is lobbying for the government to send immigrant children to the vacant prison.
He said it will be good for Littlefield's economy. 

Congressman Neugebauer released a statement weighing in on that possibility:
"It is not now and has never been my goal to house illegal immigrants in Littlefield, Texas or anywhere else in the United States. My goal has always been and will continue to be securing the border. Those that have made the journey and illegally entered the United States should be sent home immediately. President Obama's attention and our resources should be focused on securing the border, enforcing the law, and quickly putting an end to this crisis."

Meanwhile, Neal Marchbanks who is running as the democratic opponent to Neugebauer sees the opportunity as a positive for Littlefield, he released this statement:

Statement Regarding the Border Crisis:
The plight of undocumented children at the border of our country is quite plain.  Texans agree that the first priority is adequate, safe temporary housing for these children. 

The Bush-era law that has contributed to this crisis needs revision now. I call upon Congress to make appropriate changes to that law and to approve supplemental funding for border security.

I welcomed my opponent's adoption yesterday of my proposal to use empty facilities such as the Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield as temporary housing for these children.

While I regret the president's choice not to visit the border, I now believe it's time for my opponent and his colleagues in Congress to get back to work and approve funds to secure our country's border.
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