Gov. Patrick offers 2 sites for unaccompanied children

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BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed two possible locations in Massachusetts to shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border.

Patrick said Friday that Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee will be reviewed by officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to see if one or the other is suitable for housing children.

Patrick said the federal government is looking for facilities that can house up to 1,000 children for four months.

He said each child would stay an average of 35 days and all expenses and responsibility for the children would be picked up by the federal government.

Patrick said no final decision has been made yet on whether either facility would be suitable or when children may start arriving.


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