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Lawmakers from AR oppose temporary refugee shelter

U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman (Source: house.gov) U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman (Source: house.gov)
Email received about temporary shelter (Source: KARK) Email received about temporary shelter (Source: KARK)
Proposed location for temporary refugee shelter (Source: KARK) Proposed location for temporary refugee shelter (Source: KARK)
ROYAL, AR (KAIT) -

U.S. lawmakers are publicly opposing a possible temporary refugee shelter in Central Arkansas.

According to a report by KARK, their opposition announced Monday comes the same day the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services toured the location.

It’s considering whether or not to transform the former Ouachita Job Corps Center in Royal, a town in Garland County, into a shelter for unaccompanied children.

Those opposing the shelter are U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman.

The facility is in Rep. Westerman's congressional district.

Communications Director Ryan Saylor said the department had not notified Rep. Westerman before the public announcement.

The republican representative said the department did not specify which countries the minors would come from.

"If they can't tell you who's going to be at the facility and what their background is, then how can they guarantee your safety?" Saylor said.

In a post on Facebook, Sen. Cotton called the department's decision irresponsible.

Meanwhile, Sen. Boozman also spoke about the shelter on Facebook.

"The department's inability to provide answers to basic questions related to this proposal is disconcerting," Sen. Boozman said in a post.

To find out what type of children would come to Arkansas or what Rep. Westerman suggests should happen to the job corps center, click here.

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