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As Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba continues to meet with local organizations about the possibility of temporarily housing undocumented immigrant children in existing facilities in Davenport, several city council members have grown even more concerned. Aldermen approved a motion on Wednesday to keep city tax dollars and staff resources out of Mayor Gluba's Caring Cities Campaign.

"Every one of my colleagues have had dozens of emails phone calls, and I think it was very important for this city council to get out in front and say look this is not a city council action," Alderman Bill Edmond said.

By now, the mayor has made several public attempts to clarify that the initiative would use federal money, and not city funds. He says he is disappointed in the city council for bringing it onto the agenda.

"Some of these folks just need to read a little bit more and better understand what's going on," Mayor Gluba said. "I cannot spend city money. They know that, but if this makes them feel good, and responds to their right-wing base, in some cases, have at it. I'm a big boy, I've been around politics all my life, and I'll survive."

Although the city is not involved, certain aldermen are holding onto their strong feelings about the issue.

"I will still stand in front of the buses if i have to," Alderman Edmond said.

Some people from the public are also voicing their concerns.

"If you bring a bus here, I'll be laying down in the middle of the street," resident James Fluker said. "We have our own problems right here in Davenport, not just the United States, but right here in Davenport."

The Caring Cities Campaign is currently coming up with options to present to FEMA.

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