• DeKalb doctor's office caring for undocumented children

    By: Craig Lucie


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County doctor’s office said they are doing everything they can to help undocumented children who they say fled a life that no one should experience.

    “We are a nation of laws, but we are also a nation of compassion,” said Antonio Molina.

    Molina migrated to the US from El Salvador when he was a child. His father fled Cuba years before and together they run the Consultorio Medico Hispano in Chamblee.

    “Imagine what it would have been like for (my father) had he been facing the same thing a lot of Latino youth are facing now,” said Molina.

    Their doctor’s office is known as La Casita Verde or "the Little Green House," in the community they serve.

    “To us, it’s not whether you are undocumented or not. To us, it’s a person. It’s a human and it is someone who needs care,” Molina said.

    Business is booming and Molina said they are helping as many undocumented children as they can. Sometimes 10-15 unaccompanied minors show up at their office.

    “Some of them have to work when they are 7 or 8 years -old on a farm or they’re beaten because they don’t want to join a gang so they are having to come here,” Molina says.

    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently said all undocumented children are welcome in the city of Atlanta. But late last month, Gov. Nathan Deal sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to stop sending children to Georgia.

    “It’s something about politics rather than helping individual. We can’t be this great country if we are not willing to take the time and help the most dire. These are kids we are talking about,” Molina said.

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