Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues

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Posted: Aug 3, 2014 6:28 PM by Jessica LeBlanc
Updated: Aug 4, 2014 8:59 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it.

Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed to inform state leaders about the children before they got here.

But it wasn't just the governor has something to say about the hot topic, local ministers and parishioners weighed in on the debate.

Pastor Donald Hunter of New Beginning Baptist Church, says the state has a responsibility to care for the children.

"We must do that under the light of God. And we must be confined as well as constrained by His principles, by His statutes, and by His Words, as we seek to address what is a political problem. At the end of the day, it is also a much larger problem as it relates to the moral fiber of our nation and our people," said Hunter.

Others have a different opinion.

Diego Alce, who's from Colombia, has been in the U.S. for seven years. He says the situation is a double sided coin, but if the United States keep letting people come here illegally, we could have a much bigger problem on our hands.

"The families in the neighborhood are going to send five more children. And all the neighborhoods in all the cities in all the countries is going to send thousands and thousands of thousands of children," said Alce.

The children will have a deportation hearing to determine if they have to leave the country.

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