Fort Worth Preparing For Influx Of Migrant Children

Andrew Greenstein
July 23, 2019 - 5:44 pm
Immigrant Families at Texas Border

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - With migrant shelters along the southern border being overrun, several migrant children may be headed to Fort Worth.

Fort Worth city officials are keeping a close eye on asylum seekers in El Paso and elsewhere along the southern border possibly needing to move further in-state.

Assistant City Manager Valerie Washington says so far, no one from the city has raised any objections to housing migrants on a temporary basis.

"Catholic Charities is taking the lead and coordinating that effort," says Washington. "And so we would just be providing some support potentially.

Catholic Charities has not identified a facility yet to handle the migrants.

"Through their processes, they would be reaching out to city officials, especially through our emergency management office (and) potentially through our property management division, to see what facility and space we would potentially have," Washington says.

Migrants brought to Fort Worth would not be staying in Fort Worth long-term -- they would stay for two to three days.

"This really is just a temporary holding space (for) asylum seekers (who) already have a final destination that they are headed to," says Washington.

The city manager's office is expected to brief the city council on the matter during a work session next month.