“My inclination is to remember what happened when a ship full of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps,” Patrick told a group of reporters, the Boston Herald reports.
Patrick is a close friend and ally of President Obama and a former Clinton administration official.
President Obama has leaned on Patrick and other Democrats, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, to help provide housing for some of the estimated 57,000 unaccompanied children and 39,000 mothers with children — mostly from Central America — who have been apprehended at the southern U.S. border.
The Obama administration has had little luck finding municipalities and states that are willing to alleviate the surge. While several federal military bases are being used to house some unaccompanied children, more housing is needed.
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