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Sen. Warren Discusses Proposal to House Immigrant Children at Westover

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — The controversy over the proposal to use Westover Air Reserve Base to house undocumented immigrant children continues.

Friday, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren weighed in on the issue.

Senator Warren made two stops in western Massachusetts this afternoon – one in Springfield at the swearing-in of federal Judge Mark Mastroianni and the other at a girls educational event in Holyoke.

Governor Patrick’s decision to offer western Massachusetts as a possible site to house undocumented children has stirred up a local controversy. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos and other local leaders opposed the idea saying Westover is an active military base.

Friday, ABC40 talked with Senator Warren and got her thoughts on Westover being used as a possible location to take in these children.

“The way I see this is the same way the Holy Father described it: we have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. Our first responsibility is to make sure that these children are safe and then to do whatever we can to try to reduce the violence that is causing people who love these children to put them on such a dangerous path to the United States,” Warren says.

Governor Patrick has said that reaction his office has received on the issue is 3-to-1 in favor of Westover.

Meanwhile, local leaders in Chicopee say they will continue to oppose the idea, hoping that when the federal government takes a look at Westover, they will say it is not a suitable site.

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