Westerman questions HHS about Job Corps site

December 20, 2016
In The News

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-District 4, said he had more questions than answers after speaking with government officials Monday morning about the possibility of the shuttered Ouachita Job Corps Center in Royal being used to house children who enter the country without parents or guardians.

Westerman said officials he spoke with from the Department of Health and Human Services were unable to allay his concerns about the facility's potential use as a temporary shelter for minors apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security at U.S. borders without parents or other legal guardians in tow.

"One of the things they didn't know was who would be coming in under the HHS scenario that would use the center as a temporary shelter," Westerman said, explaining that he wasn't notified about HHS' intentions until Friday. "I had a conference call this morning with folks in D.C. and quizzed them about several things.

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