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Rep. Neal Discusses Thoughts on Patrick’s Westover Proposal

(WGGB) — After making the announcement this morning, the Governor headed to the Berkshires for events with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. At one event in Great Barrington, the two talked about the immigration issue.

Congressman Neal and Governor Patrick were at an event in Great Barrington earlier Friday afternoon.

The pair were in the community to make an announcement regarding a Community Development Block Grant.

Of course, the conversation quickly turned to the issue of immigrant children who may come to western Massachusetts.

Governor Patrick stood by his comments from this morning, while Congressman Neal admitted that actually housing these immigrants is a long shot for the City of Chicopee.

“Children from the ages of 17 to 3 who are alone at our borders in facilities needing to be processed its not something around which there ought to be oppositional support, it’s a fact. It’s a humanitarian crisis and it needs to be dealt with. And the nation is dealing with it,” Patrick says.

Neal adds, “I can understand the emotion that people feel right now, because it’s very disconcerting and the visual are a tug of emotion for all of us. So what I’m saying is, you wanna be humane, but I also think part of the result here is the lack of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.”

From Great Barrington, Neal then headed to Jacob’s Pillow dance festival to announce a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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