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Columbia city council votes to welcome children from border

COLUMBIA (AP) — Leaders in South Carolina’s capital city have voted to welcome unaccompanied children who have crossed the Mexican border and ended up in the area.

Columbia’s City Council voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution put forth by Mayor Steve Benjamin to welcome immigrant children to the city.

There’s been an influx since last year of tens of thousands of children crossing the border into the U.S. illegally to flee violence in Central America countries. Benjamin says at least 350 of these children were sent to South Carolina to stay with sponsors or relatives.

Benjamin said in a news release that City Council is expected to put together a working group tasked with finding additional ways the city can help meet the children’s needs.

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