Denver announces it’s applying for money to host children who entered U.S. illegally

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DENVER -- There is new controversy over a plan to help illegal immigrant children in Denver.

City leaders announced Tuesday they are asking for federal money to host up to 60 undocumented children.

"We think it’s fiscally responsible to go after federal grant dollars to provide support to kids," says Penny May of Denver Human Services.

Her department is applying for $4 million in federal money that will allow them to house up to 60 children. The program would last for up to three years.

"It's about providing housing, emergency shelter... it's about helping locate families."

But not everyone likes the order of Denver becoming the next home of the border crisis. "The loving, compassionate thing to do is to send these children back to loving families who care," says Regina Thompson, president of Colorado's Tea Party Patriots.

She says she believes bringing children who entered the United States illegally to Colorado now only sets the standard that will convince more people to cross the border illegally.

"They're not fleeing for refugee status; they're coming to do this because they think they'll get amnesty."

Some Denver leaders say the money is necessary to preserve human rights. In a statement, Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette says, "While we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform to deal with this problem fully, communities in Denver are doing their part to help right now."

There is no date set for if and when these children could come to Colorado. But it's clear the controversy will remain long after they arrive.

Chicago is also going after federal money to do the same thing.

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