BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says comments to his office are running as high as three-to-one in favor of his offer to shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border.

Patrick told reporters Monday local officials have nothing to worry about because the children will be housed at secure facilities run and paid for by the federal government.

Patrick said some of those who gathered in front of the Statehouse on Saturday to protest his plan seemed more concerned about federal immigration policy rather than the issue of where to temporarily house unaccompanied minors.

Patrick said he’s received no new information from the federal government about whether they will seek to house any children in Massachusetts.

Patrick has offered Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as possible locations.

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