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Since Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba shared his idea to bring some of the children crossing the border to the Quad Cities Area, there has been a firestorm of opinions. Thousands of comments are on the KWQC Facebook page, and many people have called the newsroom.

Before going public, and calling community leaders together to talk about it, Mayor Gluba did not discuss the initiative to host illegal, immigrant children with city council members.

"I was not aware the mayor was going to host this meeting," Alderman Bill Boom said.

Many say they're against the idea.

"I oppose the mayor bringing these people into the city of Davenport," Alderman Bill Edmond said. "If need be, I will stand in front of the buses myself."

Mayor Gluba has been busy taking phone calls all day. He says most people want to help the children.

"We are all children of immigrants, either grandchildren, great grandchildren," he said. "So you've got to give back a little."

He's visiting with local facilities, like the Annie Wittenmyer complex, about hosting the children for around 35 days. He says the money would not come out of the city.

"It would be federal money coming into our area to help these kids out, and help some of the local social service agencies that do already this sort of work," Mayor Gluba said.

However, several city council members say it will cost the city.

"It will cost Davenport," Alderman Edmond said. "You can say federal money all you want."

"That's the most bizarre statement I've heard from the mayor because taxes are taxes, whether they come from the city, the state or the country," Alderman Ambrose said.

Many council members are saying they would like to know more. The mayor will meet with local institutions on Monday, and will pass the information on to the Capitol.

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