With the tens of thousands of children coming across the border from Central America officials continue to scramble as how to take care of them and where. Candace Gregory is the CEO of the Open Door Mission in Omaha and says her colleagues in Texas, Arizona and California were called into meetings earlier this week and she is a bit concerned with what they were told. She says they were asked to stop gathering clothing, food, blankets and toys for these children because they wouldn’t be there long. Gregory says that leaves an impression they will be leaving but to where no one knows.
Gregory says she is concentrating on the humanitarian care of these children as many of them will likely end up in some sort of sex trafficking situation or sexually assaulted but she is also concerned about the health and well being of others. She says many of the children are sick with illnesses that can easily spread so there is a public health concern as well.
Gregory has not been asked whether she would be able to house any of the children. She says at this time she couldn’t because her facility is at full capacity. If bus loads of children were brought into Omaha she is confidant that church and other non-profit groups would rally and find some sort of housing and care similar to what happened during Hurricane Katrina.