Arkansas site for migrant kids' shelter called off

March 9, 2017
In The News

With the federal government backing away from using the former Ouachita Job Corps Center as a shelter for unaccompanied alien children, the Arkansas National Guard will push forward on plans to take over the site, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it is no longer considering the federal Garland County property for use as a shelter for minors apprehended after illegally entering the United States.

The decision, which answers a question that frustrated officials and the state's congressional delegation, was announced one month after the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's new chief of the agency. Backers of competing federal and state proposals to use the vacant site also were grappling with costs of preparing the site for use.

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