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Augusta Residents Speak Out on Immigrant Children in Detention Center

Posted: Updated: Jul 23, 2014 11:33 PM
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The debate continues in Augusta County over children in the country illegally who are living at the Central Shenandoah Valley Detention Center.

Augusta County has a contract with the federal government to house the Central American children.

At Wednesday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party and others spoke out against the contract.

"I oppose illegal immigration and I don't think this county or the state should assist the federal government in breaking the laws of our country,” said Sylvia Rutherford.

Others showed support for the contract.

"This is America's finest hour. Refugees from violence are legal. We're not talking about immigration cases; we're talking about people who are fleeing these situations,” Ruth Jost said.

Some supervisors spoke about caring for the children, but many agreed that change needs to happen at the federal level.

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