Denver Offers To Take In Some Immigrant Children

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Denver is offering to take care of some of the immigrant children who have flooded across the border in recent months.

The city announced Tuesday that it has submitted an application for a federal grant to provide housing, counseling and other services to 60 children. If the offer is accepted, the children would live in an underused family shelter for about a month on average.

City officials had said earlier that they were considering applying for the grant.

In a statement, Mayor Michael Hancock said Denver is "welcoming, compassionate city" and that helping some of the more than 57,000 children at the border, mostly from Central America, is the right thing to do.

A Grand Junction-based group, Ariel Clinical Services, is also applying to place children in homes in the Denver area.