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President Obama asks Massachusetts to shelter immigrant children

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
Thousands of immigrant children are fleeing their home countries and crossing the southern boarder illegally. The Obama administration is now asking Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to allow these children to be held in shelters throughout the state.

Governor Patrick is calling the situation a 'humanitarian crisis' and he wants to help. Although there is limits to what the state can do financially. 

"I think we are bigger hearted people than that as Americans, and certainly residents of Massachusetts. Now getting from there to a practical solution I have not done yet, and I'm trying to think that through," said Patrick. 

Ninety thousand children are expected to have already crossed the boarder by the end of September. President Obama has already requested more than $3 billion in emergency spending to help the situation at the boarder.

Massachusetts has helped in crisis situations in the past. Some Springfield residents believe allowing them to live here won't solve the bigger problem. 

"If you bring the little kids to Springfield or any town in Massachusetts, that isn't going to make the difference of the immigration situation," said Janette Diaz. 

CBS 3 reached out to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno who has had strong opinions on immigration issues in the past. City hall will not comment until more details are released. 

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