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      Critical Q & A about housing illegal immigrant children in Syracuse

      Here are answers to six critical questions about the possibility of housing illegal immigrant children at a facility in Syracuse. On Thursday, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner revealed she wrote to the President offering up Syracuse as a host city.

      Does the local community have to provide/pay for services for these children?The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pays for and provides all services for children through its network of grantees.

      Do these children to schools in the community?Children do not attend local schools.

      Do these children pose a health risk?When children come into the HHS program, they are given a well-child exam and given all needed childhood vaccinations to protect against communicable diseases. They are also screened for tuberculosis, and receive a mental health exam.

      Do these children pose a safety risk to the local community?There has never been a public safety incident at a facility of this kind.

      How long will they be in our community?The average stay is less than 35 days. 6. Will these children be deported? Children will be scheduled for hearings before federal immigration judges. These judges will determine if any of these children will receive immigration benefits, or if they should be returned to their countries of origin.

      All of this information was provided by Health & Human Services Department via the Syracuse Mayor's office.