Hassan Says Feds Haven't Requested N.H. Shelter Immigrant Children

Jul 17, 2014

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the federal government has not contacted the state about sheltering some of the unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally.

The federal government has reached out to other New England states, including Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Governor Hassan’s spokesman says if the federal government were to make such a request, the governor would share that with the public, authorities, health officials and local communities.

And he says some of the state’s agencies have participated in national calls about the situation at the border.

In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick says he’s weighing such a request from President Barack Obama’s administration.

Patrick says the federal government would cover housing costs.

In Vermont, Governor Peter Shumlin’s office says his state has received a similar request.

In Connecticut, state officials have rejected a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America.

Officials there say the proposed facility wasn’t suitable.

President Barack Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency spending to help address the situation at the border.