|"I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here," spoke Jenkins at the TDP convention.
"We can't help all, but we can help some," he said.
Conservatives, as one might expect by now, were quick to direct their anger towards Jenkins for wanting to help young children. His office has been flooded with angry calls, many of these coming from people out of Texas.
Jenkins will face Republican Ron Natinsky, a former Dallas City Council member, in November.
Mike Cantrell, the only Republican on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, links Jenkins to President Obama. Cantrell argues Jenkins is not driven by the best interests of the people in Dallas County.
"He is totally focused on the federal Obama agenda," said Cantrell. "It is a very radical leftist progressive agenda, and he is propagating it right here in Dallas County at taxpayer expense."
Jenkins has been a strong advocate for the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum-wage. Under Jenkins, Dallas County joined the Justice Department in challenging Texas' voter ID law, legislation meant to suppress the minority vote.
"What I am trying to do is get things done," says Jenkins.
The backlash by Conservatives has not deterred Jenkins from advancing the plans to help the refugee children.
Plans to help shelter the young refugee children have advanced in Dallas. An unused middle school is now being considered as a temporary placement, and was visited by federal government contractors earlier this week. Residents nearest to the school were visited by Jenkins in-person Wednesday morning, who discussed with them the plans for the children.
"Of those who were home, I didn't have a single person who, after it was explained to them what was happening, was opposed," Jenkins said.
The unused middle school is one of three sites that will be used for temporary placements; although, no site has yet been officially confirmed.
Below a video by NBC 5 explaining the advancements in Dallas: