By Lynn R. Mitchell
Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa was interviewed Monday afternoon on WHSV TV-3 about the immigrant children held in Verona (see “1 on 1: David Karaffa Discuses Border Crisis”).
Karaffa, whose Beverley Manor District houses 29 children who have been detained after crossing the border from Central America into the United States, wrote an article last week expressing compassion for the latest wave of children attempting to escape violence, poverty, and drugs in their native countries (see Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia).
Local outrage by some members of the community led to a protest on the Rt. 612 bridge over I-81 a week ago (see Immigrant children issue comes to Augusta County). That led to a public hearing by Augusta County supervisors with 130 members of the public showing up, evenly divided between pro and con (see Live blogging immigrant children issue at Augusta County supervisors meeting).
Supervisor Karaffa expressed compassion again at the public hearing. He later received over 100 emails and dozens of phone calls about the issue, all pro except two were against, and offered information for those who expressed interest in helping the children (see More information about the Shenandoah Juvenile Center).