DHS considers temporary shelter in AR for young refugees

DHS considers temporary shelter in AR for young refugees
Email received about temporary shelter (Source: KARK)
Email received about temporary shelter (Source: KARK)
(Source: KARK)
(Source: KARK)

ROYAL, AR (KAIT) - The former Ouachita Job Corps Center in Central Arkansas could soon become a temporary shelter for young refugees.

According to KARK, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will visit the site in Royal on Monday.

An email from the department explains how they could transform the facility for what it calls "unaccompanied youth".

That's the term it uses for youth who have no lawful immigration status and no parent or legal guardian in the U.S.

Most who live near the proposed site are not ready to accept these children.

"I wouldn't want my kids to leave me," Tracy Fisher said. "I'd want to try to keep my kids with me. That's something their government has to work out and start taking care of their own."

The visit will help decide if any plans should move forward.

According to the email, the department considered a site in California but turned it down.

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