AR facility no longer under consideration to shelter refugees

AR facility no longer under consideration to shelter refugees
(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

ROYAL, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas facility is no longer under consideration to be used as a temporary shelter.

According to a KATV report, a spokesperson for the Administration for Children and Families said it made the decision after reviewing the former Ouachita Job Corps Center in Roland, AR.

In December, we reported the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visited the site because it sought to transform the facility for unaccompanied youth.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is one of the lawmakers who opposed the proposed site.

In a statement Wednesday, the republican senator called the decision good news.

"I want to thank President Trump and Secretary Price for listening to Arkansans and removing the Ouachita Job Corps site from the list of possible locations for refugee shelters. I raised this issue with Secretary Price directly, and our staffs were able to work hand-in-hand to get this done quickly. I also want to thank the Royal community for their vigilance and for bringing this matter to my attention. This decision will help keep Arkansas families safe, and now they can use this facility for the betterment of their community."

The Arkansas National Guard also wanted to use the facility to expand its youth program.

KATV reports there's no word yet on when a decision on the future for the facility will be made.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved. KATV contributed to this report.

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