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Davenport Mayor Hopes Quad Cities Will Host Detained Immigrant Kids

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba hopes the Quad Cities will play a role in helping care for immigrant children held on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied young people have been detained on the southern U.S. border. Many of them are fleeing violence in Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

President Barack Obama has called the recent surge a humanitarian crisis.

“They’ve got them basically in confinement along the Texas border and in other cities, and it’s probably overwhelming the system, so [the federal government] is looking for help. I think Davenport and the people of Davenport will help,” said Gluba.

Monday, Gluba told News 8 that he reached out to the White House, offering the Quad Cities’ help to house and care for some of those children. He said the Department of Health and Human Services then sent him information about creating a temporary placement facility in the area.

“We are a welcoming country, and I said, ‘Something’s got to be done about it. Let’s start the process,’” said Gluba.

Gluba is now pulling together a team of representatives from area hospitals, schools, charities and churches. Monday, the group met for the first time at City Hall to discuss what they could do.

“First of all, it’s an attitude of welcome — that these are special people, special children; they’ve gone through traumatic experiences, and they need special care, and we need to be able to provide that,” said Nora Dvorack, the former director of the Refugee Resettlement Program for the Diocese of Davenport.

Right now, there are still many questions about where the immigrants would stay, how many the Quad Cities could handle, and who would supervise them.

Still, local activists remain positive.

“Oh, we can do lots. We’ve done it in the past, we can do it again,” said Dvorack.

Members of the group planned to meet Wednesday morning to compile a list of questions for the Department of Health and Human Services before moving forward.


  • Rick Sherman

    NO DEFINITELY NO. You will not like how this turns out. 10’s of thousands of Davenport citizens will oppose this and make a huge scene just like Modesto CA for the national news. These illegal people are not getting off any buses or airplanes in our City. This is our City and we say NO. You better listen or you will end up as popular as Obama, and that’s not very.

  • Dan

    With scabies or without? How bout taking a few home with you? Nobody wants to see a child abused but the US cannot keep this up. We cannot take everybody’s kid in the world and think it’s ok. This is 3 little countries. Imagine the whole world watching this. Meanwhile while the border is overwhelmed, here come the trash coming across the rest of the border. Keep them down there until they can ship them home. Even the legal mexicans here want the border secure. We can’t give our country away. You want to help? Move down to their country and make it better. Don’t bring them here. And there went your next election.

  • Randy

    Yes, they are illegals and victims of the Obama administrations manufactured crisis. They are being sent here by their parents so they can get amnesty, then later it will be “these children need their parents” let’s give them a pathway too. It is a slippery slope and we (the US taxpayer) are also victims here. This Mayor is an idiot!

  • cynthia prodzinski

    How can people be so negative? These are children who’ve been traumatized. Just bc we might bring them into our homes and possible adopt them does not mean their parents would be coming…there are restrictions on this. I would be interested in taking in a child…People who live from the place of fear, create fear in their lives.

    • Basictech

      These children are not refugees, they are being sent by their parents as a gateway tool. It is the same thing that happened when Carter let all those Cubans come over here, but the Cubans were refugees. I have nothing against adopting orphans, but let them do it the right way. These children are not up for adoption, they have parents and families waiting to come here once the child has their foot in the door. They know this, and Obama knows this. Wake up and smell the scam.

  • Dan

    Not so fast on the refugee argument. Mexican kids are sent back immediately. They have the same reason for coming here. Mexican’s are automatically called illegals. They have the same problems or worse, so that refugee comment is not holding water. These kids will not be killed for going back either.

  • Shannon

    I would like to know how I can help with this situation. I would take one or two of these children into our home.

    • Block Those Busses

      Yes but are you also willing to foot the bill for their care, food, clothing etc? Thats what really matters. Have you seen the reports of the illnesses that these children have? Lice, scabies are among them, this is a health epidemic waiting to happen, stop being naive, these children need to go back and come here the right way, you know the way immigrants used to come here, where they used to have to know facts about the US, pledge allegiance to America, be able to speak English. Since Democrats are all about level playing fields how is this fair to all the immigrants who work their butts off to come here legally?

  • JoAnne Steckelberg

    The mayor says it won’t cost the taxpayer because the government will be picking up the tab. I hate to tell him that the government has no money they get it from where-the taxpayers.

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