Technically, the money is designated to help the city with its homeless problem. But using Mansoor and Leece’s logic, that’s just a roundabout way of helping illegal immigrants, and they want no part of that.
It’s a “just say no” approach to federal funding.
The two council members might be correct. Some of that money may indeed benefit illegals. But it would also benefit the city in fighting the growing problem of homelessness. And the money is specifically earmarked for those who have recently become homeless.
So why throw out the baby with the bath water? Best we can tell, it’s idealism crowding out reason.
But this is no time for ideologues to snub the federal government.
That money could go a long way toward helping with the homeless problem. In other words, put ideology aside and do the practical thing. Once the money is procured, the council could even monitor it to make sure it’s helping alleviate homelessness and not giving a boost to illegals.
How difficult would that be? Not very.
Monahan and Foley have it right on this one. Take the money.
Let’s hope, when the time comes for a vote, that Bever agrees.