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Federal Government Drops Plan for Child Immigrant Shelter in Northern Virginia

The Heath and Human Services Administration said it's no longer looking for sites in Virginia and other states



    Northern Virginia Eyed for Immigrant Child Detention Center

    The federal government is eyeing Northern Virginia for a permanent facility to house hundreds of unaccompanied immigrant children. News4's Derrick Ward reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019)

    The federal government has stopped exploring possible sites in Northern Virginia for a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children, according to an email released by the mayor of Alexandria.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is no longer assessing vacant properties in Virginia, Georgia, Florida and California for permanent shelters, the email said. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Several officials in Northern Virginia came out against housing a shelter in the area after the General Services Administration posted a pre-solicitation notice about leasing space in the Capital area that could accommodate a facility for 440 children in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William county for up to 15 years.

    Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson wrote a letter to HHS officials on Aug. 8 saying, "we want no part of this process."

    Senator Tours Va. Facility Housing Migrant Children

    Senator Tours Va. Facility Housing Migrant Children

    Virginia Sen. Mark Warner toured a facility in Bristow on Wednesday that houses migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. News4's David Culver reports. 

    (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

    Wilson posted the agency's response Friday. The mail says instead of properties in Virginia and other states, they will focus on opening new facilities in Texas and Arizona. HHS will also invest in improvements to a facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas. 

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