Newton leaders won't sign letter in support of housing immigrant children

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NEWTON, Kan-- The issue of thousands of children arriving at the U.S. border by themselves brought a capacity crowd to Newton's City Hall today.

The Newton City Commission held a special meeting at Noon Friday. Commissioners considered a request from EmberHope for a letter of support as it seeks a grant to provide housing for unaccompanied alien children. Commissioners decided to take no action on the request.

EmberHope wants to bring 30 children to its Newton campus. All services would be provided on campus.

The Customs and Border Protection office said 57,000 unaccompanied children have been stopped at the border in the past year. Most are coming from Central American countries including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

City of Newton public information officer Erin Andrews said commissioners and the City Manager decided to call a special meeting because of the high public interest.


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