By Adam Tobias–Wisconsin Reporter via Watchdog.org
MADISON — The federal government has asked officials in the Madison and Milwaukee areas to look for potential sites to house hundreds of undocumented children flooding into the country through the Mexican border.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin told Wisconsin Reporter Monday the city is working with several organizations, including Centro Hispano of Dane County, to find a facility of at least 90,000 square feet to shelter between 150 and 250 unaccompanied child immigrants.
Soglin said the federal government is hoping to have a self-contained structure ready in the Madison area as soon as possible.
“We’ve been looking to see whether or not we have any public or private buildings that meets the criteria … but we have not identified any buildings that might be a fit,” Soglin said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also contacted Catholic Charities in Milwaukee to find facilities that could handle several hundred undocumented minors, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported late last week.
The Rev. David Bergner, director of the Milwaukee chapter of Catholic Charities, told Wisconsin Reporter Monday the federal government is seeking room for up to 300 children.
“I was asked between 100 and 300, but I don’t think the 300 is going to happen,” Bergner said. “Basically, if we take 100 and do a good job, that’s better than taking too many and not doing a good job.”
Catholic Charities has found three potential sites in the Milwaukee area, and now it’s up to FEMA to make the next decision, Bergner said.
“Right now, it’s like one shoe has dropped,” Bergner said. “We don’t know what the other shoe is going to be like yet.”