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Syracuse seeks to shelter young migrants

SYRCAUSE (AP) — The mayor of Syracuse has asked President Barack Obama to speed along the approval process to provide a local shelter for young Central American migrants surging across the border.

Mayor Stephanie Miner wrote a letter to the president Thursday saying the city and its leaders welcome the chance to provide shelter to the children. She requested a partnership between the federal government and Syracuse to expedite the administration’s review of a potential shelter at a former convent.

Miner said the site could shelter between 100 and 200 children.

She said that the central New York city of 144,000 has a rich immigrant tradition.

The Border Patrol said 57,525 unaccompanied children had been apprehended through the end of June.

The offer comes amid hostility or doubts about shelters in some communities across the country.