Chattanooga pastor offers to house migrant children in church dormitory
A Chattanooga pastor is offering his church to migrant children separated from their families at the Mexico border.
Pastor Kevin Wallace made the announcement in a tweet Monday night.
The tweet comes as the immigration debate lingers and President Trump continues to defend the policy of separating children from their parents at the southern U.S. border.
Tagging the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump in a tweet, Chattanooga Pastor Kevin Wallace offered his church's dormitory to children separated from their families at the border.
"This has been an ongoing problem that our elected officials have not been able to reconcile in years," Wallace said.
He's the pastor at Redemption to the Nations in downtown Chattanooga.
Wallace said the church is not taking a political stance, but spreading a message of love.
"We know this, we love people and we love God, and we've got availability,” Wallace urged. “And that's what I was trying to say is we're available. If there's anything we can do to help we're available."
Immigration lawyer Martin Lester said the gesture is nice and he respects the church opening its doors, but that's not how it works.
Lester explained the children are in the custody of homeland security and are only released to relatives.
Wallace said he doesn’t anticipate a response from Washington, but wanted to put the message out there.
"Do I expect a response from Washington? No. Do I hope for a response from Washington? Absolutely." Wallace added.
The government said nearly 12,000 thousand minors are in its care today, and that number could top 20,000 by August.