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Dallas County Preparing To House 2,000 Immigrant Children

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DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The plan to house 2,000 immigrant children in Dallas County appears to be a go.

The kids and teenagers are currently being detained at the border, after crossing into the United States illegally, without their parents.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is proposing a partnership between the federal government, the county and non-profits that has not been seen since Hurricane Katrina.

“They will be held in the former schools, hospitals and other buildings that are conducive to being turned into dormitory style living.” said Jenkins “The Federal Government has had teams on the ground vetting locations for about a week.”

Judge Jenkins will be meeting tomorrow with a group of emergency response non-profits to plan out how to properly care for the children.

Dallas Co. Judge Clay Jenkins On Immigrant Children Crisis

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Jenkins says that the federal government would pay for housing the children, who are required to undergo a specific immigration process, under current immigration law.

He says the estimated time they would stay in Dallas County is 120 days.

Jenkins tells 1080 KRLD that they plan to announce one of the facilities that will be used on Thursday.

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