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Muslim community makes pitch to house separated immigrant children

Muslim leaders are asking the Trump administration to house separated immigrant children with host families around Tampa Bay.

The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay is launching a humanitarian effort to host migrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration's immigration policy that was recently altered by an executive order.

Local Muslim leaders said the program is offering to find housing for all of the 2,300 migrant kids split from their families and spread across the United States. And, the initiative is offering to pay transportation costs, too.

"This immoral policy of taking babies from their parents and locking them up must stop," Ahmed Bedier, president of United Voices for America, wrote in a press release. "The Muslim community is ready to do its part by hosting these children in loving and safe homes until they are reunified with their parents."

The Islamic Society will ask the White House and Department of Homeland Security to release detained children into the care of Muslim host families in the Tampa Bay area.

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