NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The talk of the country and the state has focused on where the U.S. would send hundreds of undocumented immigrant children who’ve crossed the Southern Border.
The Governor says he’s received positive feedback from local residents in favor of his offer to provide temporary shelter in Massachusetts.
Jane Katz, a resident of Northampton, agrees with how the state chose to handle the issue. “The children are refugees, not really illegal immigrants, and because of what’s happening in their countries, they need help,” she said adding that “these parents are probably pretty desperate, or they wouldn’t have sent their kids here” in the first place.
Governor Deval Patrick offered up Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as one of the locations that would house the unaccompanied minors if they do end up coming to the state.
But the governor hasn’t convinced everyone it would be a good idea, including Laura Evans, “there are too many kids in our own state that need the help they’re giving those people.”
Governor Patrick still hasn’t received word as to when or if some of those children would be brought to the state.