EMSWORTH (KDKA) — A meeting was held in Emsworth Tuesday night, where the sisters who run Holy Family Institute explained their decision to temporarily shelter immigrant children fleeing their homes in Central America.

After people signed in, they were allowed to speak freely following a presentation, however our cameras were not allowed inside during the actual meeting.

Organizers said they wanted those in attendance to feel free to speak publicly.

The meeting was civil, no shouting matches, nobody was shouted down.

Several people stood outside a church where the meeting was held, showing signs of support for Holy Family’s decision.

“This really isn’t an immigration situation, it’s a humanitarian crisis,” said Dave Ninehouser who supports Holy Family. “We want to thank Holy Family for doing what they are doing.”

But not everyone supported the institute’s decision.

“I think there’s a lot of people here that need help, before we start helping others,” said Richard Roth of West Deer.

A statement was read from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who was not at the session, but he said he endorsed what the sisters were doing.

Also, a video presentation was made by Bishop David Zubik, who said he stood fully behind the Institute’s decision to house as many as 30 or so undocumented children for between 30 and 45 days.

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