Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti believes his city can help some of the migrant children who have poured across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.
"I see this as not just a moral issue, but as a practical one. That our competitive strength will come from our ability to integrate immigrants that aren't going anywhere, that need to be earning scholarships, paying more taxes, getting drivers licenses -- we only can gain from that," he said.
Speaking at a forum yesterday, the mayor said it is essential to help the children who are fleeing violence in Central America.
He later said he first wanted to make sure the children would be reunited with their parents.