Davenport campaign to welcome children crossing border illegally

By WEEK Producer

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM CDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- As tens of thousands of Central American kids continue to cross the U.S. border illegally, a movement is underway to bring some of those children to the Quad Cities.

City leaders in Davenport, Iowa say they are preparing a facility -- and their own homes -- to welcome the kids.

They're calling it the "Caring Cities Campaign." They hope it can serve as a better alternative to U.S. processing centers.

"We'll welcome your kids, not all of them,” said Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba. “But if every city across the country would help out in some way, take a few of these kids... Parents or others, maybe foster homes or other facilities we could address this challenge."

Mayor Gluba says he's also been in contact with the White House and Health and Human Services Department about what his community can do.

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