|An anti immigrant protest in Brevard County, |
where 12 immigrant children will be placed in foster homes. /Fox News 35
María T. Padilla
The crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the nation's southwestern border is happening thousands of miles from Florida, but its impact is beginning to cause waves here.
Last week, Hope Community Center in Apopka felt compelled to put out a press release, available on its website, clarifying that it is "not a processing center or housing facility for unaccompanied minors from Central America," after local TV news implied as much.
"We are not accepting children," explained David Crump, director of operations for Hope, in an interview with Orlando Latino. "We are assisting people in the community."
A bikers group staged a protest in front of Hope during a health fair earlier this week, demanding that immigrants be sent back home.