Mayor Stephanie A. Miner today sent a letter to President Barack Obama formally extending her offer to use the City of Syracuse as a site for relocating Latin American children who have crossed the Southern border.

“Our nation is rightly proud to point to the famous promise at the entrance to New York Harbor: ‘send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,’” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner in her letter to the President.“Here in Syracuse, we stand ready to live up to that promise.”

The City of Syracuse is well-known as a City welcoming to new immigrants and it currently is home a large population of refugees from across the globe.

The City of Syracuse has been visited by representatives from federal agencies seeking to review a site for possible placement of migrant children.  Federal officials have made it clear to Mayor Miner that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will pay for and provide all services for children through its network of grantees. Before the children would be placed in Syracuse, they would undergo a well-child exam, tuberculosis testing, and a mental health screening. Children stay an average of 35 days while awaiting a hearing before an immigration magistrate and do not attend local schools.  More information on this can be found on a page on the City’s website.