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City to explore housing immigrant children

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and senior staff are gathering information before making a decision on an inquiry about housing 172 immigrant children at the former Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The city will do its due diligence to answer all questions, particularly pertaining to the children’s health and safety if they are housed here and the overall impact on the city, Warren said in a statement. That includes having discussions with City Council, neighborhood groups, community service providers and faith-based organizations.

“As a community, we have a moral obligation to show compassion to these young people,” Warren said in the statement. “If the decision is made to open up our community, it is imperative we ensure that the environment is a safe one for them, where they can receive not only the legal support, but the spiritual and emotional support that they will need in order to make the transition back home or to another place of safety.”