Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children

Jul 18, 2014
Originally published on July 17, 2014 5:21 pm

Gov. Deval Patrick says no decision has been made on a request from the Obama administration for Massachusetts to shelter some of the unaccompanied children who have been streaming across the nation’s southern border

Patrick seemed sympathetic to the request when he called the situation on the southern border a “humanitarian crisis” adding Massachusetts should do what it can to help.  Republican State Rep. Nick Boldyga of Southwick said the governor should reject the federal request to temporarily house the immigrant children.

"We are encouraging people to come here illegally knowing that they are going to get shelter. That is not good for us or them."

Camp Edwards on Cape Cod is reportedly one of the locations being looked at to shelter the immigrant children.  The military training base housed more than 100 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina in 2005

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