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Sarno: Governor’s Plan for Children Would Put ‘Burden’ on Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says that a plan to possibly house immigrant children at Westover will put a “burden” on his city.

The Mayor is reacting to a proposal from Mass. Governor Deval Partrick who, following a request from federal officials, has recommended Westover and Camp Edwards on the Cape as two locations to shelter unaccompanied children who are crossing the country’s southern border.

Sarno explains in a statement released Friday that adds that he does “care”, but adds that “we are struggling to take care of our own children and families here in Springfield. Many of whom live near and/or under the poverty level.”

“If we cannot properly provide services for these illegal migrants, then what have we accomplished, except once again, we are concentrating poverty on top of poverty in our urban centers,” Sarno adds.

No final decisions have been made. Patrick’s proposed sites will now have to be vetted by the federal government to whether either are suitable.

If Westover is selected, Sarno says that “The burden and the strain on services falls upon our Springfield taxpayers.”


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