U.S. communities have diverged greatly on their attitude toward sheltering throngs of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the border from Mexico since October. Here’s a look at how things are playing out across the country:
6/20: Federal officials canceled a plan to bring in hundreds of underage Central American migrants to a shuttered private school in Lawrenceville, Virginia, after residents expressed their opposition.
6/28: A judge announced as many as 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children could be transported from the Texas-Mexico border to three temporary housing facilities in Dallas County by the end of July.
7/1: In Murrieta, California, Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.
7/9: The city council of League City, Texas, a Houston suburb, passed a resolution saying the city will not cooperate with any federal request to house immigrant children who are in the country illegally.
7/14: Someone spray-painted a former Army Reserve Center in Westminster, Maryland that was under consideration with graffiti saying: ‘No illeagles here. No undocumented Democrats.’
7/15: About 50 people with U.S. flags, rifles and handguns turned out in Vassar, Michigan, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, to protest a social service organization’s proposal to house child migrants in a training center.
7/16: Protesters in Oracle, Arizona waved “Return to Sender” signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it was carrying children from a YMCA.
7/17: In a letter to President Obama, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner asked that the federal government’s relocation from the U.S.-Mexico border to shelters in the upstate New York community be expedited.
7/18: An emotional Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposed two possible locations to temporarily shelter as many as 1,000 unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border.
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