Immigrant Children Could Be Housed In Westminster
Updated: Saturday, July 12 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
The federal government is exploring the possibility of housing immigrant children in a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster, and local leaders aren't pleased with the idea.
Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz says he got an email Thursday night informing him of the possibility. He says officials plan to tour the site to see if it can be used as a temporary shelter. The building has stood vacant for at least two decades.
Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who represents that portion of Carroll County, says he'll try to block the move.
"These unaccompanied minors who have entered our nation illegally must not be brought to Carroll County Maryland," said Harris. "Flying them to Maryland only to turn around and fly them back home is nonsensical."
"Instead, President Obama should immediately return them to their nation of origin. President Obama created this problem and now he should fix it. Should this Administration attempt to put them in Carroll County, I will use every tool at my disposal though the appropriations process to stop this."
More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S. border from Central America since October, fleeing violence and extortion in their home countries. The Obama administration has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to cope with the crisis.
Associated Press contributed to this report. AP-WF-07-12-14 1527GMT