Bourne Board Chairman to Attend State House Summit on Immigrant Children

Bourne Board of Selectmen chairman Peter J. Meier has agreed to attend a State House summit July 24 in Boston on the issues arising from the possible use of Camp Edwards to house unaccompanied alien children.

The summit, scheduled for 10 AM in Room 124 of the State House, was arranged by House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones (R-North Reading.) Rep. Jones’s office said the summit will be “with members of law enforcement, local, state, and federal officials as well as state lawmakers to discuss this ongoing practice.”

Also confirming their intentions to attend the summit are Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) and Representative David T. Vieira (R-Falmouth).

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At a meeting last night, July 22, Bourne selectmen voted to send Governor Deval L. Patrick a letter stating their opposition to the federal government and the state considering the use of Joint Base Cape Cod to shelter the unattended minors who have crossed the border between the US and Mexico.

Mr. Meier said that his hope is to get some answers on the process involved in bringing the children to Camp Edwards and sheltering them there.

“I hope I learn some things that I can bring back to the townspeople to relieve concerns being brought forward at this time,” he said.

Mr. Meier and selectmen were critical of the federal and state governments not including local officials, such as the board, in early discussions regarding use of the base.

“What’s most important to me is that we’re all on the same level playing field,” he said.

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