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Syracuse Mayor: We’ll House Migrant Children From Central America

MCALLEN, TX. --TUESDAY,  JULY 15, 2014 -- Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed.  The detainees are both men and women, and range in age from infants to adults.   More than 350 were being held here on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  Detainees are mostly separated by gender and age, except for infants.  More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwestern border since October, more than twice the total this time last year, many through the Rio Grande Valley. Many are fleeing growing violence in Central America.  ( Pool photo by Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / Pool )
Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / Pool

As the federal government works to determine what to do with tens of thousands of migrant children from Central America, the mayor of Syracuse is telling President Obama to house them in central New York.

Here is a portion of Stephanie Miner’s letter to the president:

Dear President Obama:
The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help to create a partnership between Syracuse and the federal government to help mitigate the humanitarian crisis of the unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Like many Americans, people in Syracuse are engrossed by the plight of the children arriving at our border. As a city with a rich immigrant tradition we feel strongly these children should be welcomed and protected. Toward that end, Syracuse would welcome the opportunity to provide shelter while the larger global issues causing them to leave home for such an arduous journey are resolved.

The Syracuse Post Standard (click the link to find the entire letter) reports this isn’t the first time the idea of housing migrants in CNY has been discussed:

Federal officials have explored using six buildings at the former Maria Regina College, a 10-acre campus at Court Street and Grant Boulevard, said Rochelle Cassella, speaking for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.

That site could house upto 200 children, the post standard reports.

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