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Dayton Mayor Gets Pushback For Offer To House Immigrant Children
A feud is unfolding over whether Dayton should take in immigrant children from Central America who have been crossing the border by the tens of thousands in recent months.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is facing off against Congressman Mike Turner and local politicians. The Democratic Whaley says the numbers of young children coming into the U.S. alone from central America constitute a humanitarian crisis.
When the federal government contacted her in early July about potentially housing some of them temporarily, she saidâ€”of course.
“These are children, and they need to be treated humanely while theyâ€™re on American soil and while we go through the due process with them,” Whaley says.
But a group of Republicans including U.S. Representative Mike Turner has penned a letter to President Barack Obama. It says Mayor Whaley doesnâ€™t represent the region.
Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis signed on.
“Weâ€™re a nation of immigrants, however this has now jumped that line clearly into illegal immigrants.”
Jarvis and others say the region canâ€™t afford to provide for the kids, even temporarily.
Congressman Turner, who represents Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force base put out a release saying â€œMayor Whaley does not have the authority, the resources or the support to speak on behalf of Dayton and the surrounding communities.â€
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says its shelters are overcrowded, and itâ€™s offering funds for organizations who open up space.
Catholic Charities in Cincinnati has applied for a grant.