The Heated Local Debate Over Immigration

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- At the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting on Jul. 23, the local immigration debate was a top item on the agenda.

The public hearing was a forum for community members to voice their concern.

The Augusta County public hearing let community members from across the Valley come together to voice their opinion on the 29 undocumented children being housed in Staunton.

"Because it directly affects me, where I live, and my family if illegal immigrants are coming into our county I need to know about it," said Chris Bragg, a member of the local tea party.

Bragg is a member of the local tea party. She says she's frustrated, and feels like shes been kept in the dark. Others are saying we are putting our community at risk.

Many members of the community expressed sympathy saying the kids are not trouble they are running away from trouble.

About 300 people came together to voice their opinion on this city council issue. Now leaders with city council say thats about three times as many people who come during a normal meeting.

David Karaffa is a member of the board of supervisors. He hopes this public hearing will be informative and clear up confusion...

The children are not leaving the detention center grounds.

"Remind folks who we are. We are Augusta County. We are hospitable, we are caring and we are respectful," said Karaffa.

Thats got to be the first order of business, that we make sure these kids are taken care of and we are following the law.

Moving forward, Karaffa hopes this public hearing will provide some clarification for the community. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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