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Santa Clara County Official Looks To Invite Undocumented Immigrant Children To Silicon Valley

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Dave Cortese, candidate for San Jose Mayor. (CBS)

Dave Cortese, candidate for San Jose Mayor. (CBS)

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SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — While some Southwestern communities have seen protests against undocumented immigrant children being placed in their towns, Santa Clara County officials want to invite some of those children to come to the Silicon Valley.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese hopes to bring up to 1,500 undocumented children to the area while they wait for court dates to decide whether they can stay in the U.S. or not.

“We have a strong legacy of figuring out how to do that in Santa Clara County. We’ve dealt with about 100,000 immigrants after the fall of Saigon. We’re able to assimilate people,” he said.

One possibility is an exchange student model using foster homes, and utilizing federal funds that have been promised.

Administrators in the county are talking with non-profit organizations to see what can be done, and planned to return with an official agenda item for the city council August 5th.

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