Harris: Feds won't house immigrant children in Westminster

Republican Rep. Andy Harris said on his Facebook page Saturday night that the federal government decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to house unaccompanied immigrant children.

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"My office was just notified that the site in Carroll County won't be used by HHS to house unaccompanied minors who have entered our nation illegally," he noted on his Facebook page. "This is the right decision/ Flying them to MD to only turn around and send them back home makes no sense. I'm glad to see that HHS listened to my objections and those of so many local officials."

Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz said he got an email Thursday night informing him of the possibility the abandoned facility was being considered. He said officials planned to tour the site to see if it could 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,  vowed to try to block the move.

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.

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