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Caring Cities Campaign Group to Meet Monday

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Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba and representatives from more than a dozen local agencies will meet Monday afternoon to discuss how the Quad Cities might be able to help solve the U.S. border crisis.

As of Monday, pressure is increasing for Congress to come to a compromise and find a solution to the problem – thousands of undocumented immigrants, primarily children, fleeing Central America and illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Last week Mayor Gluba said the Quad Cities cannot turn its back on those children and started the group called the Caring Cities Campaign.

The group met last week to talk about ways the QC community might be able to provide temporary assistance through food, shelter and education. Members also spoke about places that could serve as processing center for the undocumented kids.

At Monday’s meeting, they will talk about places that could serve as shelters for the kids, Mayor Gluba said.

The idea has caused some controversy in the QC community. People on all sides of the issue have voiced their opinions – many questioning how many taxpayer dollars would go into the plan. Mayor Gluba said the city is not investing any money.

He issued a statement over the weekend that reads in part, “I want to make clear this effort is a private initiative of the local social services community and myself – not the City of Davenport. No city money is being expended!”

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