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Gov. Patrick announces immigrant children may be housed in Chicopee

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Gov. Deval Patrick announced this morning that Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of two proposed locations that could shelter immigrant children.

The other is Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne.

Gov. Patrick said he was asked last week whether the state could and would temporarily shelter some of these children while they are processed for deportation or reuniting with their families in the United States.

The request was for up to 90,000 square feet of space for use for up to four months to accommodate up to 1,000 stranded children.

The facility would be under federal, but not state control, and would provide space for children to eat, sleep, play, and go to school.

The average stay for children there would be 35 days.

Gov. Patrick said he made his decision for two reasons: love of country and lessons of faith.

The process from here will be led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials will vet the proposed locations for suitability, choose which, if either, to use, make any suggestions for improvements, and handle staffing.

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