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Bell to shelter immigration detainees
Bell to shelter immigration detainees

Nestor Valencia was 4 years old when he boarded a white van filled with piñatas and entered the United States illegally from Mexico. Now the mayor of Bell, he sees a little of himself in the thousands of children arriving at the U.S. border and entering detention facilities. Valencia and other officials in the largely immigrant city are now working with the Salvation Army to create a temporary shelter for detainees who were part of a huge surge of Central American children crossing the border. "My senses tell me this is the right thing to do," said Valencia, 49. "We're not a rich community, but we are wealthy in compassion and humanitarian." The reaction in Bell is a marked...

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