A citizens group in North East has outlined a well researched list of issues for the borough and township to seriously consider before any immigrants could be housed at Granite Ridge. The recent acknowledgement by the Ehrenfeld Companies and Granite Ridge that this option was on the table has created a high level of concern among residents and businesses in North East about the dangers this could create in our community.
While the program describes these immigrants as unaccompanied minors, a term that conjures images of little boys and girls, the actual make up of these groups is often far different:
The majority of the unaccompanied children crossing the border are teenagers. According to Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program Fact Sheet, “In FY 2022, approximately 72% of all children referred were over 14 years of age, and 64% were boys. In FY 2022, countries of origin of youth in this program were approximately as follows: Guatemala (47%); Honduras (29%); El Salvador (13%); and other (11%). ”
Who are these children?
“According to the testimony of the Border Patrol’s acting chief, even as far back as 2017 it was known that at least 59 UAC (Unaccompanied Alien Children) had been identified as members of the MS-13 gang. That number has increased significantly; we received testimony that other gangs likewise send members and even have UAC members graduate to adulthood and apply to sponsor other UAC members. Entire separate facilities were required at some ORR shelters to house those UAC who were flashing gang signs, engaging in fights, and making threats due to gang affiliation.” The state of Florida’s GRAND JURY also found evidence that there were “adults posing as children” and “were simply taken out of the facility and released, as one manager put it, “into the wild” .”
What else do we know about the children?
Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee states on her own website, that Customs and Border Protection has been sounding the alarm on the connection between children and human trafficking for years. The coyotes, the cartels, and the gangs use children as drug mules. They use them as sex slaves. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone with the CBP why they administer pregnancy tests to little girls as young as 13 as soon as they arrive at the border .”
Contagious diseases, too?
“New York City’s health commissioner announced last week (article published April 21, 2023) that the influx of migrants from the southern border — more than 50,000 to New York City alone in the past year — is delivering contagious diseases, including tuberculosis and polio, to our neighborhoods. The same disease threats are also endangering other migrant destinations, including California, Texas and Florida. ”
It’s not a pleasant list and if you’re on the fence about this issue, you should read the full statement, linked below, where you’ll find even more than is quoted above along with references you can check out for yourself.
This plan for Granite Ridge is not right for North East for the reasons above and many more. The statement below includes a special phone number for US Representative Mike Kelly where you can text your concerns about this issue. Also, please be sure to attend the public meeting with Granite Ridge on May 11th where officials from Granite Ridge and Erie County will be present.