California governor open to shelter more migrant children

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said his state is open to providing additional shelter for migrant children but urged the U.S. to find a long-term solution to the border crisis.

"I would do everything I could to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection," Brown said after meeting with more than a dozen Central American religious leaders to discuss the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors illegally crossing into the United States.

Brown, who's on a three-day visit to Mexico, said the United States could stem the flow of migrants by investing in development programs in Central America.

"The United States government is spending $20 billion on the border, and a fraction of that invested in other problems in Central America might create a lot more security," he said.

On Wednesday, Brown is expected to end his trip by signing a trade agreement with Mexico, California's largest export market.


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