Hours after Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner revealed she's written to the President, offering Syracuse as a harbor for some illegal immigrant children, protestors have gathered outside a possible location.
Michelle Coon is protesting outside on Court Street. "We need to help our own, before we invite these illegal aliens here to Syracuse," says Coon. Shawn Becker lives right next to the convent. "They never did anything to anybody that I know, any foreign people in this city, I've never seen them cause harm to anybody," says Becker.
The now empty convent off Court Street on the city's north side is a site that has already been scouted by federal officials. The convent is the former home of the St. Francis Sisters of Neumann Communities, which moved out of the convent in June.
The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Syracuse, Robert Cunningham, wrote an open letter about the potential of Syracuse to play host to the immigrant children. He recognized the different opinions on the subject, but stressed that â??we must care for the children.â??