The child migrants would stay at the Family Crisis Center near 10th Avenue and Federal Boulevard, according to KUSA, which broke the story after KLZ radio host Ken Clark aired a leaked memo Wednesday.
“It would be perfect,” Ana Mostaccero, a spokeswoman for the Denver Human Services Department, told KUSA reportedly. Separately, the Associated Press reported that the grant would be for three years.
Mostaccero did not return two messages for comment.
Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado Republican, said he opposed Denver’s request.
“While the situation going on at our southern border is a humanitarian crisis, I do not support attempts to bring illegal immigrant children to Colorado,” Lamborn said.
“We need to focus our effort to responsibly expedite the repatriation of unaccompanied children back to their home countries. Further, we must address our broken border-security issues and end the selective enforcement of our immigration laws,” Lamborn said.
Finding housing for the child migrants has become a pressing issue in Congress. More than 50,000 have made the 1,400-mile trek from Central America since Oct/ 1, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat whose district abuts the Rio Grande River Valley, which is a central processing site for the migrants, told the Observer last week that Denver was not on a list of cities scheduled to receive the child migrants.
Messages to all seven of Colorado’s House members were unreturned Friday.
President Obama has proposed spending $3.7 billion to address the crisis. Roughly equal amounts of money would go to extra border security and expanding housing and judicial facilities and personnel to deal with the children.
Rep. Scott Tipton, Colorado Republican, said he would oppose spending more federal dollars for housing and judicial facilities and personnel.
Tipton and Lamborn have blamed the crisis partly on Obama’s June 2012 executive order, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, which allowed children brought illegally to the United States before October 2007 and who had fulfilled other conditions to obtain green cards.
At his weekly press conference Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner blamed another culprit: a 2008 law President Bush signed that gave extra protections to children from central America who may have been the victims of child traffickers.
“I don’t know how you can address the problem down there without looking at the ’08 law,” Boehner told reporters.
In June, Lamborn succeeded in getting approval for an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act to increase the number of border patrol agents. The language would allow the transfer of $5 million from the Secretary of Defense’s budget to the U.S. Army National Guard.
President Obama and Rep. Jared Polis, both major supporters of legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, have urged the House to approve a Senate version of the bill, which would authorize as much as $20 billion over the next ten years to hire more border security agents. Yet the proposal would not address those child immigrants in the United States.