Mayors Agree To Prepare Joint Plan For Child Refugees

Mayor Toni Harp spoke by phone Friday with nine of her counterparts, who agreed to prepare a joint plan to present the governor with possible small sites to house some of the children crossing the U.S. border.

The ten mayors have formed a task force to put together the list of sites to present to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Harp said after the conference call.

“We’re interested in participating” in helping to solve “a humanitarian crisis,” Harp told the Independent. “Ultimately cities are going to be places where these children live.”

Malloy came under pressure after turning down a request by the federal government to help house some 2,000 of the estimated 57,000 children who have crossed the southwestern U.S. border since October, many of them fleeing deadly gangs or traffickers in their Latin American homelands. The feds wanted to use the old Southbury training school. Since then Harp has sought to work, along with fellow mayors, to present an alternative to warehousing the students in a big facility; they’re looking at private homes and other facilities.

Besides New Haven, the communities participating include Bridgeport, Hartford, East Hartford, Stamford, Norwalk, Meriden, Waterbury, South Windsor, and Woodbridge.

Click here and here to read more about the local developments over the past week in this crisis.

Harp said Friday the mayors will also work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities on seeking federal solutions to the crisis.


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posted by: JustAnotherTaxPayer on July 25, 2014  8:13pm

I hope they can get this done, as dispersing to a wide range of sites would cause less of an impact on any one facility, or community. Also for the children it would seem much safer and healthier to have a group of smaller locations, than one overly large one, with a possible population that would be hard to serve.

posted by: robn on July 25, 2014  10:20pm

Mayor Harp,

We have significant problems at home. Please focus on those first instead of trying to score cheap points with Latino voters who probably know better anyway.

posted by: elmcityresident on July 28, 2014  11:26am

i couldnt have said it any better!
Mayor Harp,
we have our own issue right here in the city accomplish that first!!1