Deval Patrick picks two sites to house undocumented children in MA
July 18th, 2014
01:12 PM ET
2 months ago

Deval Patrick picks two sites to house undocumented children in MA

(CNN) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposed two locations in the Bay State to temporarily house undocumented immigrant children who are currently stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Noting the country's tradition of accepting "desperate" children in dire circumstances abroad, Patrick said he had an obligation to meet requests by the federal government to allocate shelter for up to 1,000 children.

"I have come down where I have for two main reasons: love of country and lessons of faith," he said in a press conference Friday.

His decision comes as multiple governors, including Democrats like Patrick, have turned to requests to house children.

Patrick proposed two facilities: Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and the Westover Air Base in Chicopee.

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The locations, he stressed, would be under federal, not state, control, and would provide space for the children to sleep, eat, play and go to school, with an average stay duration of 35 days. He said federal authorities will still need to vet the locations before accepting his proposal.

"It bears remembering that these are children, alone, in a foreign land," he said.

"As a parent and as one who has himself been a stranger in a strange land, I know this will matter."

"We have rescued Irish children from famine, Russian and Ukranian children from religious persecution, Cambodian children from genocide, Haitian children from earthquakes, Sudanese children from Civil War and children from New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina."

He made an apparent reference to the voyage of the St. Louis, a German ocean liner that contained Jews fleeing from Europe in 1939. The passengers were unable to gain entry to Cuba or the United States and had to turn back.

"A good nation is great when we open our doors and our hearts to needy children and diminished when we don't," he said.

Growing emotional, he cited his Christian faith as a reason to host the children.

"Every major faith tradition on the planet charges its followers to treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated," he said.

CNN's Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.


Filed under: Deval Patrick • Immigration
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    salty dog

    Fair, so then we agree, 50 repeal the aca votes equates to complete insanity of the gop, couldn't agree more!
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    Deflection isn't your strong suit, sodium chloride.

    July 18, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    yolanda

    He is doing the humane thing
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Yes, and the right thing yolanda.
    I agree with you.
    Kudos to Governor Patrick.

    July 18, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    salty dog

    Fair, so then we agree, 50 repeal the aca votes equates to complete insanity of the gop,
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Oh no salty dog. That's the Republicans wasting millions upon millions of taxpayers money trying to screw Obama.
    That's perfectly sane and okay, dontcha kno?!

    July 18, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. just asking

    salty dog
    Fair, so then we agree, 50 repeal the aca votes equates to complete insanity of the gop, couldn't agree more!
    --

    trying to do what a majority of the american people want is not insanity. the democrats refusing to do it is spitting in the face of the american people and saying you know better what we should have. our turn to spit back comes this november, except we don't spit, we boot.

    July 18, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. salty dog

    Gundy, news flash, the law signed by w is the cause of this problem, leave it to you idiots fo keep blaming someone for not fixing your messes fast enough, your hero's law, let him take them in. Or, and this is a longshot, pass legislation that adresses this issue, alone, no repeal aca attached

    July 18, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Liberals for a Religion Free Government and World

    Growing emotional, he cited his Christian faith as a reason to host the children.
    --–

    Great, now we have the leftists Democrats using religion to justify their lawless behavior. Aren't they the ones always screaming about separation of church and state? Are they the ones always suing to get religious references and articles removed from government property? Aren't they the ones just criticizing the USSC for protecting religious values?

    Hypocrisy and deceit, thy name is Democrat.

    July 18, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Chris..E.al

    Yes i can name a few states where illegals pass up or run from ? You know why because we passed laws to curb the flow . And you know what happen unemployment rate drop 2% and E Holder sued us and we are still in limbo but it curbed the flow . It sent a message all the way to the tip of S america thats something the dems want do . And now we have poor kids lost in the wilderness of the american dangerous streets . Is that really helping those PPL ?

    July 18, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    just asking

    salty dog
    Fair, so then we agree, 50 repeal the aca votes equates to complete insanity of the gop, couldn't agree more!
    -

    trying to do what a majority of the american people want is not insanity

    Uh...
    then why did a majority of the American people vote for Barack Obama...
    twice.
    When he ran on this issue.
    And his opponents spewed lies like you.

    Now... let's talk about the definition of insanity.
    Insanity is doing the same exact same thing over and over and over again yet expecting a differnet result.

    salty dog
    Fair, so then we agree, 50 repeal the aca votes equates to complete insanity of the gop

    Oops... how did we get back here...
    hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahahahaha....hahahaahahahahaahah
    RUBE!!!!

    July 18, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    Liberals for a Religion Free Govt. World- Read the Gospel of Matthew. It's only 44 pages long. You might be surprised,as I, a Catholic, was surprised, at the Words spoken by Jesus as given to him by the Father & transcribed in the precise Greek Language of how we humans should treat each other during our time on Earth.

    July 18, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Now... let's talk about the definition of insanity.
    Insanity is doing the same exact same thing over and over and over again yet expecting a differnet result.
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    Hmmmmm... the spelling gods are not with Ol' Smeller.... RUBE!!!!!

    July 18, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    yolanda
    He is doing the humane thing.
    --that's what the liberals and democrats said after President Bush signed the human trafficking law.

    July 18, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Say WHAT???

    BTW, this facility in Bourne is on the Cape and it is now hurricane season. We just had one come up the coast RIGHT BY the Cape!! What is going to happen to these people if we get hit next time?! The feds need to axe this facility right off the bat for that reason. The other facility is in the western part of the state near NY and Conn. If they do go there then maybe we can just thrown them over the borders and dump them in NY and Conn where those liberals can pay for them.

    July 18, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rudy NYC
    just askin wrote:

    ".... .... what kind of un-american person would support such an infringement on a persons freedom to practice their religion? ... ..." What kind of person? Why, one of those "corporations are people" persons, like Hobby Lobby.
    -----------

    What kind of person? Depends on the religion that certain types of people (and corporations) follow, which has very little to do with God and a whole lot to do with greed, power, and control.

    Indeed. Many of these folks (and corporations) have begun following their own power grabbing creeds of "thou shalt do as I say".

    July 18, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    trying to do what a majority of the american people want is not insanity
    -----------------------------------------------------
    The majority of us want Obamacare that is why we re-elected Barack Obama. TWICE.
    You and your ilk, along with the multiple personality Usual Suspects on this site, are no longer the majority.
    You lost. America has rejected you over and over.
    We have no use for you, what part of this do you not understand?
    You're going to get rejected again in 2016.
    Brace yourself and your fragile lying ego.

    July 18, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    On the "Cute and Clever" scale of 1 to 10, Fair is hovering at 3.1.

    July 18, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. You Got It

    @Salty Dog
    You do realize that liberal and Democrats applauded Bush signing the Human Trafficking bill, right?
    For you to claim that this is "W's" mess is laughable. A loophole in the law is being exploited, the only question that remains is what will our CURRENT admin do about it?
    See, W went bye bye over 6 years ago, so to bring him into it is nothing short of ignorant – how will it help resolve the current issue?

    July 18, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. just asking

    sonny chapman
    Liberals for a Religion Free Govt. World- Read the Gospel of Matthew. It's only 44 pages long. You might be surprised,as I, a Catholic, was surprised, at the Words spoken by Jesus as given to him by the Father & transcribed in the precise Greek Language of how we humans should treat each other during our time on Earth.
    --

    what does it say about parents that throw their children to the wolves for money hoping they will survive, and knowing they are violating laws all along the way?

    but why do you keep bringing religion into the discussion? this is a legal matter? the bible plays no roll in legal matters. is the left now proposing it should?

    July 18, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    salty dog

    Fair, so then we agree, 50 repeal the aca votes equates to complete insanity of the gop, couldn't agree more!
    ---–
    Deflection isn't your strong suit, sodium chloride.
    =============================================================
    Comedy isn't yours. Have a nice weekend. I see you're off to a bad start.

    July 18, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    Insanity is doing the same exact same thing over and over and over again yet expecting a differnet result.
    --–
    Hmmmmm... the spelling gods are not with Ol' Smeller.... RUBE!!!!!

    Arrrhhhgg!!! I'm mortally wounded by Fair's clever and absolutely brilliant and original and mature comeback of changing Ol' Yeller to Ol' Smeller... oh the agony!
    And, (Gasp)...I mispelled a word!!!
    I will run and hide away in some dark hole now, never to post here again as I have been bested by Fair's dazzling and unique retort. And where did he ever think of using Rube?
    The level of intelligence and wit of Fair is not to be found anywhere else in the republicant party (maybe a Democrat's second grader, but not among the brightest of the adults the republicant party has to offer).
    All bow to the great and mighty Fair....

    July 18, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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