Madison proposes 2 sites for immigrant children

In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas.
In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MADISON (AP) – The city of Madison has proposed two sites to federal officials looking for places to house unaccompanied children crossing into the United States on the Mexican border.

Immigration officials have been overwhelmed by tens of thousands of children fleeing from gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They have asked a number of communities to seek places to shelter the children until they can be placed with relatives or friends or returned to their home countries.

Madison has suggested using a former grocery store now owed by the city or a soon-to-be-closed department store as temporary shelters.

Milwaukee and the surrounding county also have been asked to look for sites. A spokesman for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Friday that nothing concrete has been proposed yet.

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