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Immigration Becomes Hot Topic at Dayton City Commission Meeting

DAYTON -- Immigration of undocumented Central American children to the Miami Valley was up for debate Wednesday evening at Dayton City Commission.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she was contacted by the federal government on July 8th about possibly housing some of the child refugees in Dayton.

"When asked, Dayton is a compassionate city and we will do our duty as Americans to help our country out," Whaley said after the commission meeting.

The city announced Tuesday two proposed housing locations.

Public comment at Wednesday's meeting came from those on both sides of the issue.

"Mayor, I congratulate you on making a very tough decision on this immigration process, for children who had to leave their country and come to our country," said Brian Eurquhart.

"These children are not illegal, they are not even immigrants, they are according to the United Nations-- refugees-- children-- children refugees," said Theresa Johnson.

But those who don't want to see an influx of immigrants to the Miami Valley were concerned about resources.

"You are advocating for an influx of immigrants when our sidewalks are crumbling?" asked Dori Trammell.

"If the city officials and the US government have the resources to support illegal immigrants, why can't you support the American people with the same resources," questioned Don Gibson.

Whaley said the housing would be funded by the US government. Congressman Mike Turner has proposed legislation that would make state governors the ones to make the final decision on housing these child immigrants, sparking fury and doubt from the mayor.

"Today he just does a political need jerks don't it's kind of sad frankly," Whaley said of Turner's proposal.

"At the end of the day we know that Congress has failed to act on this issue and they continue not to act on it, so it comes up to cities like Dayton to prop up a broken system," Whaley continued.

 
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