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Residents React to Governor’s Proposal for Immigrant Children at Westover

(WGGB) — Not surprisingly, with the issue of illegal immigrants now hitting close to home, many in and around Chicoppe are expressing concern.

When most people think of illegal immigration, it’s presumed to be more of a problem for southwestern states, like California, Texas, and Arizona.

However, today, it’s come to Chicopee and here at Westover specifically.

Now even in the best of times, illegal immigration is a hot-button topic, eliciting plenty of passion on both sides.

But this is certainly not the best of times – with the economy yet to fully recover from recession and millions of Americans unemployed or under-employed.

So with plenty of people struggling day to day, many we spoke to are left to wonder how the country can afford to now take care of and support those who broke federal law by entering the U.S. illegally.

Still, because in this case, it involves children, there is a sense of compassion and wanting to do the right thing.

“We have our own problems. How many people? What are we going to take? Everybody from the world? I know they’re only children, but if their parents just let them go, what are we supposed to do about it,” explains Silvio Ciurleo of Springfield.

Wilfredo Flores of Springfield adds, “Regarding the children that need a home, I don’t have any problem with that ’cause they are children and they do need a place to stay.”

“You have to help. Me myself, I’m from Africa and I know how the situation there is so…America is the land of opportunity,” adds Esther Josephson of Springfield.

Again, this is not a done deal and Governor Patrick says the hosting community will have input on the circumstances of being a host location.

Regardless, though, how it turns out, the issue of illegal immigration and how to solve the problem will remain a very hot topic both locally and nationally.


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