Gov. Patrick: Mass. could shelter immigrant children

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick gestures during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick gestures during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick is considering a request from the Obama administration to shelter undocumented children who crossed the US border.

He said the children would be held in secure facilities and not released into neighborhoods.

Patrick said he doesn’t think Massachusetts should turn its back on children who are coming from desperate situations.

Although some residents agree, not everyone is on board.

“I think something should be done,” said Betty DiSilva of West Springfield. “You can’t leave kids out to starve, and not feed or support them in some way.”

Arsenio Cuffie of Springfield said, “There’s people homeless right here in Springfield. I see people sleeping on park benches and bus terminals everyday. Me, I’m looking for an apartment. I’ve been homeless before and I’m born and raised in America.”

Governor 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. He said similar requests have been made to all states.

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