Houston mothers outraged at the cost of caring for undocumented children

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by Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 12:29 AM

HOUSTON -- The immigration crisis is touching nerves in every pocket of America. That includes the city of Houston.

"Don't bring them here," said Bernadette Lancelin. "We don't have anything for them. They've taken too much already from my kids."

Lancelin sounded off when she learned officials had been touring a vacant Houston school a possible site to house immigrant children. Mayor Annise Parker tackled questions on the situation Wednesday.

"We have not been asked by the federal government to provide housing for immigrant children," said Parker. "Terrell Elementary School could be repurposed but at this point, it's not the preferred solution."

So what is the preferred solution for the flood of children flocking to the United States? So far no one has the answer. Lawmakers briefed Wednesday learned it costs the government $200 per day, per child and the tab keeps growing.

"It’s a figure that I thought was shocking and in the whole room you heard the murmuring and shock of the costs associated with this," said Senator Marco Rubio.

"Ultimately, there have to be some consequences associated with coming into this country," said Senator John Cornyn.

Meanwhile tempers continue to flare across the country. And President Obama is asking Congress for over $3.4 billion in emergency aid. The nation debates, and the kids are still coming.

"You can't just put a minor child on a bus and say we hope someone meets you on the other end," said Parker. "It's a humanitarian issue."

But it's also a clear financial one.

"Give me some of that money," said Lancelin.

That has American mothers asking lawmakers to focus on this country's children first, before spending billions on children fleeing other nations.

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