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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Change of plan: Dallas County won’t house immigrant children

 

DALLAS (AP) – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says his county won’t take in any immigrant children crossing the Texas border illegally, a reversal of his earlier offer to house as many as 2,000 kids.

Jenkins told reporters Thursday that federal officials have notified him that they no longer need space in Dallas.

Thousands of unaccompanied children have crossed the border into the United States from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Jenkins announced last month that Dallas County would help federal facilities overwhelmed by undocumented children. In recent weeks, he met with President Barack Obama and local community leaders on immigration and how to deal with the children.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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