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Possible shelter location in Tucson for immigrant children

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The federal government is still struggling to find a place to put the hundreds of young Central American children who have crossed the border illegally in Texas.

The facility in Nogales has more than a thousand kids and is close to reaching its limit. The Tucson City Council will discuss opening a shelter near downtown, during a scheduled meeting today.

One of the proposed locations for the shelter the council may consider are the apartments at Oracle and Drachman. 

Tucson City Council member Regina Romero is calling for immediate action by the city staff to work with and help the federal government establish a shelter in Tucson for the unaccompanied youth that have crossed the border illegally in Texas.

Councilwoman Romero has also requested a study session during today's meeting about the shelter.  The facility in Nogales has more than a 1,000 of the unaccompanied youth and is near capacity.  Many reports have said the facility is not fit to be a detention center. 

Romero says, this is a humanitarian emergency and as a city we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. 

Bishop Gerald Kicanas has called a meeting with social service agencies and community leaders for this Friday. Councilwoman Romero is expected to give an update on what the city plans to do.

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