Dayton names sites for immigrants, despite foes

Possible site in Dayton for immigration housing. (WDTN Photo)
Possible site in Dayton for immigration housing. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – The City of Dayton has told federal authorities it has two places that could be used to shelter children from Central America.

Dayton officials say they responded to a U.S. government request in identifying potential housing. Their statement Tuesday evening came two days after a Dayton-area congressman and other southwest Ohio officials sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying Mayor Nan Whaley doesn’t speak for the region in offering to house children of the border influx.

Whaley says that if the federal government asks for help, the city has an obligation to consider it.  One spot offered is a former Navy Reserve facility on Gettysburg Avenue and the other a vacant former business property in the 900 block of Deeds Avenue.

Congressman Mike Turner has now introduced the UAC State Authority Act.  The legislation would give states the right to reject federal government proposals to establish facilities for unaccomplanied alien children within their borders.  The bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to notify a state governor prior to any transfer of UACs to his or her state.

“The ability of the federal government to hand-pick a city, county, or state as a UAC receiver site without first consulting the governor’s office disregards the real impact these decisions have on regional communities and significantly diminishes states’ rights,” said Turner.

There’s disagreement across the country about dealing with what Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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