Denver applies to shelter immigrant children
DENVER — The city of Denver is asking to house some immigrant children who have overwhelmed border facilities in recent months.
Denver Human Services has requested federal grant money to house some of the unaccompanied minors, KUSA-TV reported (http://on9news.tv/1yztMfb).
The city is applying for a grant to be used to convert its 54-bedresidential treatment facility, called the Family Crisis Center, into housing for immigrant kids.
The facility has bedrooms, classrooms and a dining hall.
“It would be perfect,” said Denver Department of Human Services spokeswoman Ana Mostaccero.
The federal government has struggled to find communities willing to house the immigrant children from Mexico and Central America.
“We have this facility that isn’t being utilized at capacity so we thought it would be a good way to help with an impending crisis,” Mostaccero said.
Protests have greeted attempts to resettle immigrant children in California and Arizona. Political leaders across the country have spoken out expressing concern or even flat out refusing to accommodate the immigrants in their communities.
Mostaccero said she was not aware of any discussions about potential pushback in Denver.
“We have not,” Mostaccero said. “Because it’s not something that’s happened yet, it’s just an application.”