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Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014

Churches, pastors not allowed assist children in illegal refugee camps

The heartbreaking story of illegal child immigrants held by Federal employees just got worse: the Feds are limiting access to help these kids.
 
Fox News and Commentary host Todd Starnes reports that churches and pastors have been banned from helping the thousands of unaccompanied children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 
Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) trying to gain access to HHS housing facility for Unaccompanied Alien Children at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  July 1, 2014.  photo/http://bridenstine.house.gov/

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) trying to gain access to HHS housing facility for Unaccompanied Alien Children at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. July 1, 2014. photo/http://bridenstine.house.gov/

“Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit,” Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona told Starnes. “It’s pretty heartbreaking that they don’t let anybody in there — even credentialed pastors.”

 
The pastor and some volunteers were prevented from visiting and helping those held at the Nogales Placement Center. They were reportedly delivering toys along with spiritual support and prayer.
 
“We just wanted to go down there and have a presence because we care about people,” he said in the article. “That’s all we wanted to do. For the church to be available sends a message that the church cares.”
 
According to Starnes, Baptist Child and Family Services of San Antonio, Texas were also denied access to the children. 
 
“It was heartbreaking,” the anonymous counselor said. “The church needs to become involved. The spiritual needs of these children need to be tended to.”
 
Starnes concluded his column stating, “…I’m afraid under this administration, the government believes they are church and President Obama is the deity. Heaven help us all.”
 
Even one of the Oklahoma state politicians was turned away, denied access to a facility – more on that story HERE

 

 
Obama held a short news conference and suggested that there wouldn’t have been a border crisis had Congress passed immigration reform last year.
 
“Why aren’t we passing comprehensive immigration reform which would put an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents [on the border] and give us a lot of additional authorities to deal with some of these problems?” Obama asked. “That should’ve been done a year ago; it should’ve been done two years ago. It’s gotten caught up in politics.”
 
One of the underreported concerns is that the children have tuberculosis at an alarming rate – more here
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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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