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Vacant Dallas Schools Could Soon House Illegal Immigrant Children

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 03:58 PM CDT

Thousands of immigrant children, who've crossed the U.S. border from Mexico could soon find refuge in Dallas County.

Dallas Independent School District has closed at least a dozen elementary and middle school campuses in the past two years. Now the federal government is looking at temporarily housing the children in some of those schools.

If approved, the converted schools could be open and operating within a month. The federal government would be paying for the process.

Dr. Juanita Wallace, who lives near one of those proposed schools, doesn't see a problem with the idea. "First of all they're children. They didn't put themselves in that position. And secondly, they're going to be supervised," Dr. Wallace says.

The government is now reviewing a list of a dozen or fewer locations in Dallas County. They span four different cities and two school districts. The county says it will get community input as well.

Vacant Dallas Schools Could Soon House Illegal Immigrant Children


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