Madison looking to house unaccompanied children

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 --- 6:47 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The city of Madison is trying to identify a building that would meet federal standards for temporarily housing unaccompanied children entering the United States at the border with Mexico.

The federal government is looking for 90,000-square feet of leasable space that's immediately available and has adequate security. Mayor Paul Soglin says the city would have no responsibilities for the facility and there appear to be no negatives. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1jvutmx ) says the facility would house 150 to 250 children for 30 to 60 days while hearings are held that will determine whether they are placed with family members or friends or deported to their home country.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived at the border since October, mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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