- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state is looking at what facilities might be available if the federal government asks for help in housing thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the nation’s southern border.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee told WPRO-AM he has not been contacted, but his administration is looking at potential sites for contingency purposes.

Chafee said he would work with the federal government and other governors to coordinate services.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed two possible locations in Massachusetts to temporarily shelter children. State officials in Connecticut recently rejected a federal request.

More than 57,000 children have crossed into the country over the southern border since the fall, mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Some U.S. residents have opposed housing the children within their communities.

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