ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city should be a safe place for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S. border.<br />
In a Tuesday news conference at City Hall, Reed said welcoming the children is the moral and right thing to do.<br />
He said metro Atlanta and Georgia have growing immigrant populations and that it's important to send a signal that Atlanta will be a welcoming community.<br />
Earlier this month, Gov. Nathan Deal said in a letter to President Barack Obama that he was shocked to learn from federal officials that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had sent 1,154 unaccompanied children to Georgia between Jan. 1 and the end of June.<br />
Reed said he hadn't read the governor's letter, but said "we're just on a different place on this."
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.