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The League City council voted to refuse to house children who crossed the border illegally. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The League City council voted to refuse to house children who crossed the border illegally. (David McNew/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — The city council of a Houston suburb has passed a resolution saying the city will not cooperate with any federal request to house immigrant children who are in the country illegally.

The League City council voted 6-2 to adopt the resolution Tuesday night. It refuses any request from the federal government to set up detention or processing centers there, citing unspecified “health concerns.”

“We have veterans that are homeless that can’t even get medical care,” resident Kim Kitchen told KHOU-TV. “But we’re gonna house these people on military bases. It just makes me sick”

Resident Carol Alexander said it was time for them to stand up for the Constitution.

“We have a Constitution and by golly we need to stand up for our Constitution,” Carol Alexander told KHOU. “I’m sick and tired of us rolling over and playing dead. Stand up.”

Joel McMahon, pastor of League City United Methodist Church, believes that immigrant children should be allowed to be sheltered in their city.

“The bottom line here is what are we gonna do about the children that are here now,” he said during the council meeting, according to KHOU. “We’re shutting our doors to children before they have even had a chance.”

The Houston Chronicle reports that there are no known requests to bring unaccompanied immigrant children to League City.

The city of more than 90,000 residents is situated 25 miles southeast of Houston.

Earlier Tuesday, a Houston school district spokeswoman said federal officials toured a vacant middle school as a possible site to house immigrant children caught crossing the border. District spokeswoman Sheleah Reed says the visit to Terrell Middle School is a preliminary step in case federal officials want a local shelter for immigrant children.

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