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Diocese of Springfield Expresses Support to Help Immigrant Children

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says that they support the efforts to help unaccompanied immigrant children, including those possibly heading to Westover Air Reserve Base.

In a statement released Friday, Diocesan spokesperson Mark Dupont explains that “The Diocese of Springfield stands in solidarity with faith leaders both across the Commonwealth and across our nation in support of a humane and compassionate response to the crisis of unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed into our nation’s borders.”

“It is important, and in fairness to border communities, that all states lend a hand by sharing in this response,” Dupont says, adding that “We should resist the urge to treat them as pawns in a larger political debate, rather as victims themselves who are trying to escape unimaginable poverty so as to seek a better life.”

If children be placed at Westover, Dupont explains that the diocese and Catholic Charity Agency, “stand ready to provide case workers to assist in the processing of these minors, as well as for meeting their spiritual needs during their stay.”

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