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St. Louis Leaders Want to Help House Central American Children

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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; Anna Crosslin, International Institute; Carmen Schulze, Great Circle; Bishop Edward M. Rice, Catholic Archdiocese; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Sister Helen Negri, Marygrove. Photo courtesy of MultiMedia PR News

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; Anna Crosslin, International Institute; Carmen Schulze, Great Circle; Bishop Edward M. Rice, Catholic Archdiocese; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Sister Helen Negri, Marygrove. Photo courtesy of MultiMedia PR News

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis area could be helping to house some of the thousands of Central American children crossing the U.S. border.

Local leaders are seeking a federal grant to pay to house as many as 60 kids per month at three area shelters in Webster Groves, Normandy and north St. Louis County.

“There are people in St. Louis County that care about people,” says St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “We have always cared about people. This country was founded on immigration, for God’s sake. We will always finds ourselves doing what is right, regardless of the politics.”

Mayor Slay is also involved, along with the Archdiocese and the International Institute.

Once here, the children would be sorted out by the courts to determine whether to send some back home, or place them with relatives in the U.S.

Anna Crosslin of the International Institute was asked whether the children will stay in the U.S. permanently.

“Some may stay, some may go, but that’s not part of the contract,” she says. “That will be determined by the courts and Congress, not by this project. This is a transitional service to be able to help the Office of Refugee Resettlement to stabilize these kids to get them to the next step.”

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