MEADOWS PLACE, Texas (AP) — A group of Southeast Texas mayors say they support a proposed bill that would give local communities time to assess any federal request to house unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed into the U.S.

The bill would give communities 90 days to evaluate such a request. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — the agency providing help to the children — would continue to have the final decision on where to house them.

At a news conference Friday, U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, the Republican sponsor of the legislation, and five Houston-area mayors said the bill is not anti-immigrant but about bringing the children into the best situations that can support them.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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