Commack, N.Y., church in Suffolk County under fire over possible immigrant children program
ABC News New York
COMMACK, N.Y. (WABC) –
Residents of a Long Island neighborhood are saying “no” to a proposal to temporarily house immigrant children found near the U.S. border at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
“Who’s going to pay for it?” Jerry Baggett, Commack resident. “Our taxes? Their schooling and everything else. You know what? It’s a complete waste and it’s a joke.”
But the Rev. Marc Herbst at Holy Cross said the community should remain calm, because there is no sign that the church will definitely be participating in the program right now.
“In reality the application process, the timeline — it’s not possible to fund this program through the federal government,” said Herbst.
Lutheran Social Services of New York is participating in a grant program with the federal government to sponsor it. There is a possibility the church could become involved in the future.
“We pay high taxes here for a reason,” said resident Cheryl Cambria. “I have two little kids. I live right across the street from the church and I’m worried for my house, for my family.”
Becoming involved in the program could bring thousands of dollars a month to Holy Cross, which is in financial trouble. But Herbst said it’s not just about the money.
“We’re not against helping people,” said Michael Cantwell, of Commack. “Is it the right place, is the question, and most people in the neighborhood and this immediate area don’t think so.”
Ok you good christen people of Commack you are really showing what you have learned in Sunday school aren’t you? Also you are showing your kids and the rest of the island and world just how Christen you really are! We are talking about kids here, not adults, but kids that really need everyone’s help. Plus this would be a win, win for Commack, the Fed’s would have to pay to retro fit the building, hum jobs, they would have to hire a staff to look after the kids, hum more jobs, the school bus company, more jobs, local business’s delis home depot or Lowes and local hardware stores, more jobs, not to leave out your kids might learn a different langue and a different way of life. Oh your school would get extra money from the Feds and state government, maybe even a few more jobs. I live on Long Island to and would support my town if they wanted to help the kids out