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Local charity wants to help immigrant children

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A local charity says they want to help immigrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

Catholic Charities applied for a federal grant to house the children. More than 57,000 have arrived since October trying to escape drug violence and other problems in countries in Central America. The charity says the children would stay in a dorm that could provide short-term shelter, education and counseling.

Mayor John Cranley announced the creation of an immigration task force on Thursday.

He says the city is not involved, but he supports the effort.

"I spoke to the Archbishop. He felt like it was a calling of his faith to deal with this human rights issue. I think that that's the best way to handle this. To let religious organizations handle it and I applaud him for being able to do so," says Cranley.

Catholic Charities wants to house up to 100 of the children for up to 35 days.

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