War of words over immigration

Nan Whaley

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A statement from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is not sitting well with other politicians.

Mayor Whaley is coming under fire for recent comments she reportedly made about bringing displaced immigrants who crossed into the U.S. illegally to Dayton.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley appears on Living Dayton.  (WDTN Photo)
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley appears on Living Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

Congressman Mike Turner says he and other local leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama Sunday night opposing Whaley’s statement.

Turner’s office says the letter “does not have the authority, the resources or the support to speak on behalf of Dayton and the surrounding communities. Additionally, it establishes that Mayor Whaley’s proposal would have a significant impact on local law enforcement, education, healthcare, and housing resources.”

Mayor Whaley appeared exclusively on Living Dayton Monday to address the issue.  She says the people of Dayton always reach out to do our part.  Whaley says the federal government approached the city about its willingness to help children entering the country.  “It’s our job as Americans to make sure those people are treated humanely and have their basic needs met.”

Whaley went on to say that Congressman Turner should “spend less time writing letters and more time writing legislation to fix this problem.”

Turner countered that Whaley should, “turn her issues not to federal issues but to the people in need in this community.”

So what are the chances some of the children could be brought here?

We contacted the Department of Health and Human Services which says it contacted many places but that only a few facilities will be chosen to temporarily shelter the children.

They said those facilities will be announced when they are identified as viable options.

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