When officials from three government agencies arrived at an abandoned Houston middle school to inspect it for housing illegal immigrant children, local resident Bernadette Lancelin showed up to express her outrage.
“What about the kids here? In our neighborhood? Not just in this neighborhood but in our country,” Lancelin said in an unfiltered interview with KTRK-TV. “All these kids? Really? Why can’t they go back?”
Lancelin added that she’s furious that the White House wants to spend billions of dollars to feed and house immigrant children who have entered the country illegally.
Altough Lancelin acknowledged that the children's parents live in poor conditions, she had little sympathy for their situation.
Lancelin complained that she must be the only person who watches the news every morning, and that she feels alone and disappointed.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who happened to be touring at Terrell Middle School, pulled Lancelin aside for a private conversation in an attempt to quell the woman’s anger. However, whatever was said between the two seemed to have little effect, as Lancelin went on to interrupt Lee’s own news interview.
"What's going to keep them from escaping here and just moving around? Around Houston, around Trinity Gardens?” Lancelin said. “Security, really? They can't even control the border.”
Lee defended the potential holding facility by arguing that most facilities on the border are currently maxed out, and insisted that the housed children will eventually be deported. However, deportation is a process that takes time, and until it can take place Lee noted that the country has a responsibility to keep immigrant children safe.