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UPDATE: Davenport Mayor Holds Ground on Immigration
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Governor Branstad says he doesn't want any of the children who have crossed into the U.S. illegally living in Iowa.
Since October, more than 50-thousand children have come to America.
Under current law, children from countries that do not border the U.S., who come here by themselves, are sent to live with relatives here while the federal government decides what to do with them.
Right now, Branstad says he is not aware of any of those children currently living in Iowa.
He says the government needs to focus on securing the border.
Branstad and other governors met with federal officials over the weekend to discuss solutions to the on-going crisis.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Davenport is holding his ground.
He says he still wants his city to be a safe haven for those children.
Mayor Bill Gluba is now launching a movement to help them; the Caring Cities Campaign.
He's put together a team from area hospitals, charities and churches to look into the problem and solutions.
The group met for a second time Monday and says nothing is set in stone but promises his plan will go forward.
The mayor has said no city tax dollars would be used to try to bring the immigrants to the city.