DC officials oppose shelter for unaccompanied migrant kids

DC officials oppose shelter for unaccompanied migrant kids

by – 14 August 2019 05:15-04:00

(AP) — Washington, D.C., officials say they don’t support the federal government’s plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there.

The Washington Post reports Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said Tuesday that D.C. won’t be complicit in the “inhumane practice of detaining migrant children in warehouses.”

Federal contractor Dynamic Service Solution has applied to open a temporary District shelter for children, and its job listings ask for people to work with “unaccompanied alien” children there.

Federal immigration officials say over 69,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the southwestern border from October through July. President Donald Trump’s administration has been criticized for separating migrant families. It recently proposed a permanent Virginia shelter for migrant children.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees migrant children placement and didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

___

Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.