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Shelter for immigrant children could bring more jobs to Tucson

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The overwhelming amount of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S. border illegally has a new twist - it could bring jobs to Tucson.

The potential shelter site on Oracle Road could bring more than 250 jobs to Tucson, from teachers to cooks to youth care workers that is according to Southwest Key's website.  The Texas-based company said to be running the shelter. 

Video from Monday shows several people coming in and out of the building, it could mean training and interviews were possibly taking place. Definitive answers could not be gotten from shelter officials, however on its website Southwest Key describes itself as the largest provider of service sot unaccompanied minors in the country.

The Oracle building used to be an apartment complex for students, before that it was a motel with about 140 rooms.  The City of Tucson has rezoned the property to allow it to operate as a shelter for one year.  It is unclear how many of the immigrant children could be housed here, or when the shelter might open. 

However, this is already known, Southwest Key must file an application with the Arizona Department of Health Services if it wants to be licensed to operate a new facility in Tucson.  So far DHS officials are saying they do not have an application on file. 

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