Casa de Maryland, an advocacy group for immigrants, hopes Maryland can reach an agreement with the federal government to find another location to house immigrant children.
At least two other sites have already been rejected including the former Army Reserve center in Carroll County but officials have been quietly negotiating to find other locations to house some of the thousands of immigrant children coming over the border.
Liz Alex with Casa de Maryland says children are fleeing Central America to find their parents who are already in the United States. “We should make sure that these children are housed in humane conditions, that they have access to education and access to legal counsel so that they’re able to pursue their cases,” said Alex.
Democrats criticized initial plans to house children in a facility in Baltimore City and plans to house them in a closed Army Reserve facility in Westminster were halted. In the aftermath of that decision, Gov. Martin O’Malley said the children might be in danger due to some of the conservatives in Maryland. He was later exposed by officials in the administration of Barack Obama as trying to stop that move himself while being critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the situation.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.