Moy wants tour of Fairfield property owned by group housing immigrant youths

By From page A1 | July 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says she’s asked to tour the Fairfield property owned by a religious organization that helps house Central American youths who crossed the American border.

“I want to know exactly what is going on,” Moy said.

The councilwoman has also asked the Fairfield city staff to review use of the property along Pennsylvania Avenue near Interstate 80 and Air Base Parkway.

Moy said she knows the Texas-based Baptist Child and Family Services has received substantial funding from the U.S. government.

“If the federal government is dumping these children in Fairfield without contacting our city, it is irresponsible, irrational and poison policy,” the city councilwoman said. “I expect answers.”

“They should tell us if they are doing this,” she said of federal officials.

Moy said along with a tour she is requesting to see tax return forms of the nonprofit religious organization. She has also contacted Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, who represents the 3rd Congressional District that includes Fairfield.

David White, city manager for Fairfield, said Tuesday the municipality does not know if immigrant children are residing at the Pennsylvania Avenue property.

The Baptist organization bid this month to buy a Texas hotel and convert the 600-bed site to house child migrants detained at the border for 15 days, but withdrew the proposal.

A man at the Pennsylvania Avenue property Tuesday provided the business card of a BCFS media representative, who could not be reached for comment.

“Fairfield residents should know what is happening in their neighborhoods,” Moy said. “It is outrageous that millions upon millions of taxpayers dollars are being spent under a veil of secrecy.”

“We need to know the who, what, where and why of this facility to ensure public safety and health, as well as the health of those who allegedly have traveled thousands of miles and crossed into the U.S.A. without permission from the government,” she said.

Moy also said: “As an Hispanic whose grandparents immigrated to the United States legally to be field workers, I understand the motivation for those fleeing dangerous, economically depressed countries.”

The Fairfield city councilwoman said she had complaints from neighbors about the property, involving problems unrelated to whether recently arrived Central American immigrant youths reside there.

Issues residents raised included bright lights around the site, Moy said.

She said she knows the religious group cares for youths at the site but doesn’t know what happens once they reach adult age.

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  • Barack ObamaJuly 23, 2014 - 2:32 am

    Moys grandparents were Hispanic, she couldn't be racist ryt ?

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  • 2realJuly 23, 2014 - 5:43 am

    We deserve to know whats goin on in our city, but the council ducks and dodges the community. Your part of the city circus moy. A big group of moy-rons!

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  • Rick WoodJuly 23, 2014 - 6:34 am

    By all means, ensure any facility housing guests to our city, especially children, meets all standards for health and safety. Communities all over the county are offering up space for these refugee children while congress dithers. US charity trumps politics, as it should.

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  • NemoJuly 23, 2014 - 7:07 am

    "Refugee children?" Reports consistently state that about 75 percent of the "children" are males between the ages of 13 and 17. And "refugee" from what? We are being destroyed by the death of a thousand cuts!

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  • Rick WoodJuly 23, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Call them whatever you like.

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Doesn't Fairfield enough problems? I live in Suisun we should be able yo vote Fairfield ballot since we have to be affected BT them. I have to work in Fairfield shop there drive through it daily

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  • Rick WoodJuly 23, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Merge the two cities and vote away!

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  • DanielJuly 23, 2014 - 8:52 am

    How about taking care of the growing population of the homeless American citizens in Fairfield first? Why should we raise and support foreigners whose parents and government are refusing to accept their parental responsibility,

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Please forgive my last post I am did not read the article correctly . so now if I lived in Fairfield I would be a Moy supporter. The citizens need to know what religious groups and /or charities contribute to what so we can make decisions where any of our contributions go. We certianly have no control over where our tax dollars go.

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Barrack.. What does it have yo do with perdijuce? I think the key word is legally. Her grandparents came here legally. I know Hispanic people who came here legally who are not to happy with all these illegals coming in and being allowed yo stay.

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  • Fairfield Disgusted DonJuly 23, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Wow talk about speaking ut of your other end, When do we have a Council member standing up for whats right. We should rush to Cathren Moys side when she has the guts to stand up. I very happy we have her on this city council she seems to be the only one with a SET. Go Cat Go.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeJuly 23, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    It's a real drain on Fairfield library system. No actual residents get to take their kids to the programs because it's packed full of illegals that cannot even write their own names. They call these children but are clearly in their 20s & 30s. none have vaccinations.

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  • Mel SandoJuly 23, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Ms. Moy, I wonder when your grandparents immigrated legally to the US? You are implying that your parent was born here and so I am guessing they must have come before the 1930s. So then I wonder how they didn't get swept up in the Mexican Repatriation of 1932. Just wondering as most of my relatives came at a time when there were no legal vs illegal ways to immigrate to the US. You just couldn't be a lunatic or carry an infectious disease or after 1901, be a known anarchist agitator.

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    I sure hope the suisun city council is making sure none of these illegals are being housed in Suisun as well ! Does anyone know who's watching suisun ? We don't hear as much about Suisun as Fairfield.

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  • Lynn HenricksonJuly 23, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Ms. Moy, I am curious as to why you decided to put your nose where it clearly doesn't belong, this is a church matter, (remember that little thing of separation of "church and State") Also I find it disgusting that a group of adults find it necessary to pick on children. You wonder why Fairfield, has become so violent, it is because for the last 30 years, the elected officials have done everything possible to demonstrate how little they care for those that are not upper middle class, or as in your case wealthy. They feel they have no hope, no chance, no reason to try, why when everything is geared toward the upper class. Now we have a chance to show them that the city has heart, that people do care, and we can make a difference in this world, not just this city. Shame on you.. and shame on the rest of the bullies who find picking on children so easy. Ms. Moy go back to Green Valley, and let those who really care do their job, if any protests should pop up, guess what there will be plenty of us out there protecting these children from the hate.

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  • Joe PsocJuly 23, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Congratulations Lynn Henrickson. You have successfully attacked from the rear. Inspirational leaders lead from the front but you have attacked while maintaining a position at the rear. And what a choice that is--you hide behind children to conduct your attack. I can think of other words but "gutless" is the first one that comes to mind when I describe your comment. I guess women were not available for you to hide behind. You choose a buzzword "wealthy". What happened to the real words "illegal invaders"? As in, lawbreakers should be punished? So please stop your hiding behind the children you claim to represent. The present political "leaders" have taken an oath to "Protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic". I'm guessing you are one of the domestic variety of enemies that our politicians have sworn an oath to protect us from. So when do they start protecting me?? Not "us". You are the enemy, and not a part of us.

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  • Lynn HenricksonJuly 23, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Joe Psoc, I don't hide behind in children but I will stand in front of them if anyone tries to bully them. I don't lead from the front because I am invisible right now, I don't matter, I don't have anything now, no home, no job, (which by the way is taking care of children) like millions of others who are low income, I have no power, but my voice, and I have been silent enough, we have to stop the evil that has taken and destroyed this country. The hate, the greed, and the lies that so many of you keep believing. And as for indictments I hope so, Dick Cheney, Bush(s) and on and on.... Lock them up and get are money back if getting us into a war simply for profit is treason I don't know what is. The thing that is really wrong Joe, is we shouldn't be fighting each other, we should be joining voices to tell the top 1% (assuming you are not one of them, are you Joe?) that we will not be silent anymore, all we want is a return to a time when America was # 1 in education, employment, military, and health issues. Surely we can agree on that.

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  • truth'nJuly 24, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Lynn Henrickson -- you are going to protect the children? Then why did you allow these "kids" to be transported to our shore by coyote? Why did you allow these invaders to break our laws? Go to their homeland and protect them. Stop being a coward here online and go do something pro-active in the country each "child" is from.

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  • Joe PsocJuly 23, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Exactly when does the failure to perform the entire job after the "leader" has taken a vow to "Protect us from all enemies both foreign and domestic" result in a treason indictment?

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    I think Ms moys nose is exactly where it belongs. If seper action of church and state why are our tax dollars going to this organization? Why does the church have the right to inflict these illegals on our community? Why foes it not take care of our citizens then maybe we could help others.

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  • truth'nJuly 23, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    Last data checked showed 6 of 10 kids in our schools are in ESL. We are mandated to spend money on them, while our children suffer from lack of teachers, closed schools, over crowding and so on. Welcome to Calixico.. .. (that's the border they are crossing) STILL VOTING DEM-WIT????

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Truth in.. Totally agree always voted Democrat never again ! But we have to vote yo make sure they are removed so I guess we have to go with their strongest opponents rather than in what we really believe in . I would probably be a Libertarian but would need to vote republican.

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  • clancyJuly 23, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    And Lyn .. Its not the rick H people.. Most of them don't care because they font have to live around them and the extra taxes don't hurt them . I'm very hanging onto middle class living paycheck to paycheck the extra taxes affect me . I have to pay s lot for health care for myself and daughter yet I have to pay for their health care .. So not right. I sure don't live in green valley and never will unless I win the lotto.

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  • Anonymous 22 year oldJuly 24, 2014 - 12:41 am

    Moy has the right to seek information but do it in private, for the safety of the employees there and children there, it should NOT be made public, officials these days will do anything to guarantee votes on for the next term. Yes there is controversy with the current immigration situation, but it's above Moy's pay-grade to be investigate what the federal government is doing. She's gonna spend Taxpayer dollars on an investigation that will get nowhere. Obviously the facility has to have some kind of permission from at least somebody of authority to be there. Focus on your city and community, you're going to waste TIME AND MONEY, on top of that, you're going to give negative publicity to organization that does more than the lazy, power-hungry "officials" in this city. Before you investigate what the Gov is spending money on, examine your own practices, how about you better regulate the outrageous six-figure salaries of the school officials in the city instead of this? Some streets need re-paving but you instead throw money at the courthouse remodeling. How about you stop dumping money on that train station project that the city council themselves approved? How about you stop buying new patrol cars and military grade AR-15's for the FFPD and use it on after-school programs? Maybe we can prevent crime to begin with by focusing on the youth?? Use common sense. The current crisis concerns all of us but digging into it on a local level is a waste of time and money!

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  • DanaSeptember 12, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Tax returns for non-profits are public record - several ways to find them with Google search, but www.guidestar.org offers more than just tax returns.

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