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Chicopee mayor: Housing kids at 'Westover makes no sense'

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Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos.
CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, who found out about the option of storing immigrant children at Westover Air Force Base by a phone call this morning, has spoken out against the idea.

Kos held a press conference Friday afternoon and said housing the children at Westover "makes no sense."

Kos spoke alongside Chicopee Council President George Moreau and addressed their concerns.

They both say they're not aware of available housing at Westover Air Reserve Base and that the base can't be an option because it isn't an option.

Kos said Westover simply cannot house up to 1,000 children without impacting daily operations at the base.

"It doesn't work for those children and it doesn't work for Chicopee," Kos said.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said that the burden and the strain on services that would occur due to having illegal migrant children housed in Western Mass. would fall upon taxpayers.

At the base, Master Sgt. Andrew S. Biscoe said the commanders would like to help, but all of the rooms that are on the base are occupied on the weekend by reservists.

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