The Associated Press

Mass. Is Asked To Shelter Young Unaccompanied Immigrants

A young migrant girl waits for a freight train to depart on her way to the U.S. border in Ixtepec, Mexico, on July 12. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

A young migrant girl waits for a freight train to depart on her way to the U.S. border in Ixtepec, Mexico, on July 12. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally.

Patrick said the request came during the past week.

The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to shelter the children, they would be held in secure facilities and not released into neighborhoods.

“I can tell you personally that I don’t think as a commonwealth that we can turn away and turn our backs to children who are coming from desperate situations.”
– Gov. Deval Patrick

Patrick called the situation at the southern border a “humanitarian crisis” and said that while there are limits to the assistance that the state can provide, Massachusetts should do what it can.

“We need to understand the scope of what it is that we are being asked to do, but I can tell you personally that I don’t think as a commonwealth that we can turn away and turn our backs to children who are coming from desperate situations,” Patrick told reporters Wednesday.

Patrick said his administration is still trying to understand the scope of what it is Massachusetts is being asked to do and how many minors the state could shelter.

Patrick said similar requests have been made to all states. He didn’t say when he would make a final decision about how many children the state could shelter.

“We’re trying to sort out what that number is,” Patrick said.

State House Minority Leader Brad Jones said finding secure locations to shelter people crossing into the country illegally could encourage more people to make the trip.

“How many people are we talking about? What are we talking about when we talk about children? Are we talking about 5-year-olds or 20-year-olds? What are our cost exposures?” said Jones, a North Reading Republican.

Jones also asked why, if the state has facilities capable of sheltering large numbers of people, does it continue to place homeless families in more expensive private hotels and motels?

Patrick said the federal government would cover the costs of housing any unaccompanied minors.

Unaccompanied children from Central America have been arriving at the border by the thousands, with 90,000 expected by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. They flee violence, but also are drawn by rumors that once here, they can stay.

Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency spending request to help address the situation at the border. Republicans have been pushing to significantly pare down that request.

There is precedent for Massachusetts offering temporary shelter in crisis situations. In 2005, 235 Hurricane Katrina evacuees were housed at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod until they could be placed in permanent housing.

In Connecticut, state officials have rejected a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America at a mostly vacant facility built for developmentally disabled adults.

Federal officials said they would cover expenses and the only cost to Connecticut would be “maintaining the viability of the facilities while in use.” Connecticut officials said the facility wasn’t suitable, pointing to its size and deteriorating conditions as well as the fact that some people were still housed there.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office declined to say Wednesday whether the state would try to find other facilities that could meet the federal government’s needs.

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  • middlechamber

    Hey Urkel,
    It isn’t about being or giving humanitarian relief to the kids, it is called AIDING AND ABETTING!
    THERE ARE TOO MANY CRIMINALS IN THE GROUP AND YOU ARE PUTTING THE SAFETY OF THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH AT RISK JUST TO PLEASE YOUR LITTLE BATH HOUSE BUDDY BARRY SOETORO.
    STOP IT NOW! WE DO NOT NEED ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HERE IN THIS STATE, WE ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH MURDERERS AND EBT SCAM ARTISTS HERE.

    • downtown21

      I really hope that username you’ve chosen as your spew your partisan political vomit doesn’t refer to what I think it refers to. If it does, then shame on you for bringing shame on your brethren.

      • middlechamber

        Give me a frigg’n break! My love of country comes way before supporting ILLEGAL INVADERS, that are destroying America. I have friends that emigrated and have become citizens the RIGHT WAY not they way these maggots are destroying this country.

        FOLLOW REASON! You are the one that has his head up barry’s butt and can’t see daylight through the tinge of brown!

        As I said it is one thing to be charitable and another to AID & ABET!
        I am all for LEGAL immigration. I bet you are all for giving these invaders carte blanche for whatever they need, I bet you don’t mind your property taxes escalating to the point where you can no longer afford to live in your home due to the high tax rate. I bet you don’t mind this country to start looking like the hell hole all these invaders came from! LOOK AT LYNN LOOK AT BOSTON, FRAMINGHAM, ASHLAND, MARLBORO, HUDSON, SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER and Oh so many other failing towns. So what is your solution? Why not bring them into your home and support them and also be legally responsible for them as it is THE LAW, that legal immigrants are supposed to have a sponsor that will be financially responsible for them…. C’mon step right up and show your wallet.
        I love it when supposed brothers proclaim one thing and do another. It is one thing to love your fellow man it is another to disregard all the LAWS that were set up to follow. FOLLOW REASON? where did you take your degrees? F.W. Woolworth or FILENES BASEMENT! at rock bottom instruction.
        Yes I am a Past Master of a Lodge and most of my brethren here on Cape Cod agree with my stand there are only a few that are limp wristed like you when it comes to protecting this great nation. & DO NOT TEL ME WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS or other crap. My people were here before most others and I can prove my national heritage as NATIVE AMERICAN unlike Granny Warren!
        I don’t truly care if you are the GRAND MASTER this is not a LODGE we are not in session. My political views are not just mine and well over 60% of the population when it comes to ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION VS LEGAL IMMIGRATION. So MWGM fire me! have me excommunicated, Masonry is in my heart, not on my sleeve like oh so many that all of you want to bring into the fraternity with a 1 day class, and know no ritual and what it stands for and then never to be seen again or ever be active or ever put one good thing back into the fraternity. It is in my heart when I started the MAF in my lodge and received lic. #1. It is in my heart when I do all of the charitable free electrical work I do for widows of the frat and or give to other charities and support with monies and participation of the MAF, CHIP, programs so tell me WTF do you do besides pontificate against another brother besides sit on your lazy fat azz, Mr. Downtown21! GO ahead look me up I am on google then have me thrown out, I don’t give a crap any more if that is what this fraternity now believes the oath you took then doesn’t mean a dam thing if you can remember it about supporting the constitution and all the laws! I guess that oath you took was a lot different than the one I took.
        Wake up this is AMERICA, this guy is a fool!

        • NMF

          Wow, if you have the time to write so much hate-mongering drivel, I really think you ought to get a job or something. Your posts make me fear for the future of America in a very big way, and not because of immigrants, but because of your hideous hatefulness.

          • middlechamber

            As I said I have friends that have become American Citizens the RIGHT/CORRECT WAY. What you want is LAWLESSNESS. If so then YOU start pulling out the cash needed. Oh you want EVERYONE TO PAY so you don’t have to bare the burden personally. THEY AREN’T KIDS. THEY ARE MS13 but you are so ignorant to see that you only see what the left is saying. OPEN YOUR EYES!

          • middlechamber

            So where do you live? Sherborn? Concord, Lexington, Dover? Deluxbury? Beverly Farms? Maybe we ought to send them to those neighborhoods

          • middlechamber

            The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the young illegal immigrants back home as quickly as possible.

          • middlechamber

            MEDICAL
            ‘BREAKDOWN’ ON BORDER…

            GALLUP:
            ILLEGALS TOP PROBLEM…

            POLL:
            Send them home NOW!

            REPORT:
            Obama vows to reduce deportations…

            PELOSI:
            Slow down…

            Bill
            Richardson: ‘Nativist’ Tea Party Trying to Keep ‘America Pure’…

            Feds
            releasing children into unsafe homes…

            DHS:
            Parents Give Immigrant Kids Birth Control ‘In Case They’re Raped Along The
            Way’…

            RELEASED
            ILLEGAL ALIEN ARRESTED FOR MURDER…

            UPDATE:
            Plans for $50 million ‘resort’ canceled…

            Honduras
            seeks aid, suggests ‘mini-Marshall plan’…

            DEMS
            PUSH AMNESTY: ‘This is America. Doors are open’…

            Immigration
            turns election strategies on their heads…

            Former
            Border Chief: ‘All of Good Done After 9/11 Reversed
            Singlehandedly’…

            Nevada’s Clark County
            jails to start releasing illegal inmates…

            Immigrant
            population soars in Nashville…

          • middlechamber

            SO WHO IS GOING TO PAY? YOU? I doubt it!

          • NMF

            Honestly, I feel sorry for you. Anyone who carries around and spews the amount of self-righteousness and pure unadulterated hatred and bigotry that you do is a sorry excuse for an American.

          • middlechamber

            There is no bigotry, I hate everyone EQUALLY! Apparently you don’t care about the rule of law. I though because of my job to keep my means of employ do have to FOLLOW THE LAW.
            So if you want everyone to break laws are you going to call the police when you have a break in? OR if you were involved in HIT & RUN you’d be the first to be at a lawyers office to see what you could collect then cry all the way home once you found out it was an illegal with no insurance or registered vehicle or even had a license to drive.
            You CAN’T TELL ME, NMF OR KATHARINE OR DOWNTOWN21 YOU WOULDN’T. IT WOULD ONLY BE THEN, AND UNDER YOUR BREATH SPEWING HATRED FOR ILLEGALS.
            IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED MANY TIMES IN MA IN MILFORD A KID WAS DRAGGED TO HIS DEATH BY AN ILLEGAL! THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, BUT YOU DON’T CARE! I BET YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT BENGHAZI EITHER!

        • downtown21

          Are you finished?

  • OJ

    What a surprise, Devil Patrick is willing to accept all these disease ridden, filthy ILLEGAL ALIENS. Mini me is an Obama clone.

    • downtown21

      Hmmm…this must be an example of how racism has nothing to do with all the outrage.

  • FYI

    The Obama regime is intentionally flooding the country with illegal aliens in the hope that they can be given amnesty, which would give the Democratic party a permanent voting majority.

  • X-Ray

    That’s right, ship them from the southern border to the northern one. That’s efficient; we gotta eat up that $3.7 billion Obama wants to “process” the children.

    • middlechamber

      barry only knows how to f’up everything never to fix, just f it up even worse than it is!

  • Thinkfreeer

    The solution to this crisis is to turn it around. Send them all back. Every last one. We are generally not interested in the safety and welfare of foreign children who cross our border. Even more so, we are definitely not interested in paying for their health and well being, just because they chose to break the law and cross our border. We are NOT obligated to take care of them in any way, shape or form. We do not have to send them back to their origin, only back across the border. If Mexico cares, let them deal with it. But I would expect they will turn them back across their Southern border.

  • OJ

    I say we hire the same “coyote’s” to put them on a raft and bring them right back to Mexico.

  • rich4321

    Reading some of the comments, I wonder what happened to us, the American society as a whole. Are we lowered ourselves to such an inhumanity? These are children have no future in their own country, Any sensible parents would do their best to give their children a brighter future. Let say if you were living in a violent neighborhood, wouldn’t you want your child to get out of it before they are killed by some random gun fire?

    A society without compassion is a broken society. Please don’t send these children back where they will face a certain death.

    • middlechamber

      Pentagon
      to transfer 6 Gitmo detainees to Uruguay…
      I BET THEY COME BACK ILLEGALLY AND WILL BE IN YOUR TOWN TO BLOW UP YOUR FAMILY.
      The immigration policy is NOT BROKEN, IT ISN’T BEING ENFORCED!
      HERE IS SPEEDBUMPS (Marathon Bomber) FAMILY Waiting for just that prime moment. Yet you don’t want to OPEN YOUR EYES!
      I and many of us here have yes said send them back and why not? Yes they can be given medical attention fed & clothed then put on a jet and sent back. What is wrong with that? If there country has a problem with Gangs why import them here?

    • NMF

      I agree. The amount of hatred I’ve seen in the posts on this story make me sick to my stomach.

  • middlechamber

    ANY OF YOU LIBERALS READ ANY OR LEARN ANY HISTORY OF THE WORLD?
    THIS IS ROME!
    THE BARBARIANS ARE BEING IMPORTED BY OBAMA AND WILL BE ALLOWED TO WALK FREE.
    WHAT HAPPENED TO ROME?
    I BET ALL YOU LIBERALS HAVE NO CLUE!
    SAD TO SEE THIS GREAT NATION FALL BECAUSE YOU’RE FOLLOWING THE SAME PATH AS THE ROMANS!

  • kurtguy

    I think it’s about time this POS so called governor of this state needs to go and fast, he’s nothing more than a Oboommaaa clone, he has no respect for the citizens of this state, their health, well being, financial drain from this trash. WHAT PART OF NO !!!! DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND MR D. teLL YOUR BUDDY OBBOOMMAAA NO! AND I DO MEAN NO! NO! ILLEGEALS OF ANY KIND AND YOU NEED TO COLLECT THE TRASH YOU HAVE ALREADY DUMPED HERE.

  • White Army
  • middlechamber

    Sorry Katharine but Urkel has known for WEEKS/MONTHS about this. We have already been alerted. Just because you don’t READ or KEEP abreast of the NEWS isn’t my fault. THEY WILL BE HERE FOR WAY MORE THAN 35 DAYS THAT WAS SAID AND NOW YOU ARE SAYING 4 MONTHS! So when did the 35DAYS turn into 4 MONTHS, that will turn into FOREVER!

  • middlechamber

    That’s why they should have been IMMEDIATELY SENT BACK FROM DAY 1. They should never have been STORED like Cattle to then produce such a problem. When you ship back 10 those 10 tell others it was a no go, if you keep accepting them and corralling them more will come.
    Maybe you don’t care about the safety of your own family, BUT I DO CARE ABOUT MY LOVED ONES. If you want MS13 in your neighborhood good keep them let them in your home. The Fing police won’t arrive at your house until YOU ARE DEAD COLD AND WAITING TO BE BURRIED. SO LET THEM INTO YOUR HOME.
    IT WOULD HAVE BEEN REAL EASY IN THE BEGINNING JUST SEND THEM BACK, IMMEDIATELY.

  • middlechamber

    AND KATHARINE THOSE WORDS I USED ARE ALL FROM REPORTS THEY ARE NOT WORDS I MADE UP BUT FROM OFFICIALS FROM ICE, DR.’S & NURSES THAT HAVE TREATED THESE DISEASED PEOPLE. I HAVEN’T MADE ANYTHING UP! Back at Ellis Island they would TURN AWAY diseased immigrants. IT IS STILL THE LAW & YOU DON’T CARE THEY ARE NOT SENDING THEM BACK BUT ACCEPTING DISEASED PEOPLE INTO THIS COUNTRY TO INFECT YOU! YOU DON’T CARE AT ALL, JUST SHOWS HOW IGNORANT YOU REALLY ARE.
    And my assumptions are correct, you think I am a racist, but isn’t just with South Americans IT IS WITH EVERY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, European, African, Asian, it doesn’t matter where they are from if they are here ILLEGALLY then they need to be TOSSED OUT!
    GET IT! IT IS THAT FIRST F’ING WORD THAT EVERYONE FAILS TO UNDERSTAND PLEASE LOOK IT UP IN A DICTIONARY, PLEASE!
    THE WORD IS ………………………………….ILLEGAL

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