US Department of Health and Human Services considering American Hebrew Academy site to house unaccompanied migrant children

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is looking into using the American Hebrew Academy site as a facility for unaccompanied migrant children.

According to a notice sent to Guilford County Board of Comissioners, USDHHS is informed the state and local officials that representatives would be at the school for an assessment on Tuesday. They’ve visited twice in recent weeks.

USDHHS says that it is assessing the location “for potential use as a temporary influx care facility for UC at some point in the future. If selected, the American Hebrew Academy would remain unoccupied but available for use to ensure that children are not kept in border patrol stations for longer than 72 hours.”

The boarding school would give those children a safe place to live until they can be reunited with family or a sponsor.

If the site is chosen, the American Hebrew Academy would be used to make sure children spend no more than 72 hours in border patrol stations.

As many as 700 to 800 children could stay in Greensboro.

Commissioner Skip Alston told us that would create as many as 800 jobs with staff needed to care for the kids.

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