The city of Bell is planning to open a temporary shelter for some of the Central American children who have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.
The Los Angeles Times reports that city officials began talking with the Salvation Army and federal officials about the shelter a few weeks ago.
If the plan is approved by the City Council, Bell’s shelter would house 125 immigration detainees.
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The city’s mayor, Nestor Valencia, says he sees Bell’s effort to help the children as redemption for the years of corruption that tarnished the city.
Valencia also sees a little of himself in the children’s plight: He was 4 years old when he entered the country illegally from Mexico.