Job Corps site will not shelter refugees
The plan to use the vacant Ouachita Job Corps Center in Royal as a temporary shelter for unaccompanied minors from Central America has officially been scrapped, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-District 4, announced Wednesday.
Westerman received notification shortly after noon Wednesday from Barbara Pisaro Clark, acting assistant secretary for legislation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, stating, "Upon further review of the facilities, resources available and need, HHS is no longer considering the site for use as a temporary shelter at this time."
"I am pleased the Department of Health and Human Services listened to the concerns of Garland County residents and local officials," Westerman said. "This plan by the Obama Administration was ill-conceived and did not take seriously the protests of residents, myself included. I thank my friend, Secretary Tom Price, for his quick action to stop use of this site as a shelter for unaccompanied minors."