NEW INFORMATION: Walker says children could 'drain the entire system'

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DEERFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he is not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States on the Mexican border, but housing them could eventually "drain the entire system."

Walker spoke Friday following a campaign stop in Deerfield. He says he is concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the United States and the cost of dealing with them once they are here.

The Republican governor says if the children aren't sent home quickly, they will likely blend into communities and "that's going to have costs and drain the entire system."

Walker spoke a day after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wisconsin should not be considered a site to temporarily house the children.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The city of Madison has proposed two sites to federal officials looking for places to house unaccompanied children crossing into the United States on the Mexican border.

Immigration officials have been overwhelmed by tens of thousands of children fleeing from gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They have asked a number of communities to seek places to shelter the children until they can be placed with relatives or friends or returned to their home countries.

Madison has suggested using a former grocery store now owed by the city or a soon-to-be-closed department store as temporary shelters.

Milwaukee and the surrounding county also have been asked to look for sites. A spokesman for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Friday that nothing concrete has been proposed yet.


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