Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

McConnell offers immigration amendment

LOUISVILLE - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior, offering the proposal days after a flap surfaced about whether Fort Knox was targeted to temporarily house some of the young immigrants.

The Kentucky Republican raised the issue in an amendment he filed to the Senate's border legislation. McConnell's proposal would require the Obama administration to consult with a state's governor before unaccompanied immigrant children would be temporarily relocated to that state.

"My amendment makes clear that these minors should be treated humanely and returned to their home country immediately, not shipped across the nation and housed at taxpayer expense," McConnell said.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Many are fleeing gangs and trying to reunite with family members, but they are also drawn by rumors that once here, they would be allowed to stay.

The proposal on a hot-button issue comes as McConnell, a five-term Republican, tries to survive his toughest re-election campaign. Immigration has been an issue in Kentucky's hard-hitting Senate race this year pitting McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes' campaign manager, Jonathan Hurst, accused McConnell of "playing Washington games and resorting to gimmicks."

"If he was serious about strengthening our border, he would support comprehensive immigration reform," Hurst said.

Last week, McConnell's Kentucky colleague, Republican Sen. Rand Paul, drew attention for telling a business summit in Louisville that "it looks like" some of the young immigrants pouring across the border might end up at Fort Knox temporarily.

Two Kentucky congressmen, Democrat John Yarmuth and Republican Brett Guthrie, later said they had received assurances from the Department of Health and Human Services that the Army post in Kentucky was not under consideration to house some of the unaccompanied migrant children.

A Health and Human Services spokesman confirmed that the agency has no plans to use Fort Knox as a shelter for the children. A Pentagon spokesman said that Fort Knox was initially on a short list of installations offered up by the military as possible sites but had been "kind of taken off the table."

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 930d180b6308456c8cf8a59fd75575ff
Top Classifieds
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • Stereo System with 2 Speaker Boxes. 2 ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in pl ... Details
  • Downsizing Due To HealthAntique furni ... Details
  • Lovely 4-bed,3.5-bath, 525 N. 8th, 2, ... Details
  • Corner Lot 1 acre $12,000 Kevil 27048 ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't b ... Details
  • 2002 Camry LE 142Kmi, silver, $4200, ... Details

Most Popular
  1. STRAPPED Illinois college woes lesson for Kentucky
  2. Hiker found dead last year kept a journal
  3. National Spelling Bee down to top 10
  1. City Hall could be named to historic register
  2. Lightning strikes Lower Town house
  3. Bevin appoints Cadiz man to Kentucky Board of Education
  1. STRAPPED Illinois college woes lesson for Kentucky
  2. Hiker found dead last year kept a journal
  3. National Spelling Bee down to top 10
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...