Border refugee children to be housed in Erie in Sports Park dormitory

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Confirmation came Monday from U.S. Rep Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-16th Dist. A statement from Kelly’s office said that he had received word that “150 migrant children will arrive in Erie tomorrow to be housed at the old sports park, which has been designated an emergency intake site by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Refugee children at border to be housed in Erie at Sports Park dorm Kelly made it clear that he was not involved in the process and blamed the recent influx of nearly 20,000 children from Mexico and other countries south of the U.S. border on the administration of President Joe Biden.

The statement from Kelly’s office said more children may arrive in the coming days. “The idea is to reconnect these children with sponsors here (in the United States), a family member, a friend who will take them in. The goal is to reconnect these kids with people who will care for them.”

Interviewed last week, Dylanna Grasinger, executive director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Erie field office, said the goal will be to take care of the refugee children, some of whom already have traveled long distances until they can be placed in the custody of family members. “The fact that President Biden is now sending migrant children almost 2,000 miles away from the border to Erie, Pennsylvania for shelter shows how serious this crisis of his own making has become,” Kelly said in a statement. “The Trump administration had this situation under control, but Biden rolled out the welcome mat for migrants and illegal immigrants by ending the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy and not finishing the border wall.”

This is a developing story. Return to GoErie.com for updates. Source www.goerie.com

Jim Martin can be reached at jmartin@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ETNMartin

Jim Martin can be reached at jmartin@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ETNMartin

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