Greensboro Mayor Lauds Shelter for Migrant Children as Jobs Creator Migrant children play in the courtyard of the shelter of Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico, on April 26, 2021. Hundreds of men and women accompanied by their children are deported every day by the Paso del Norte international bridge in Ciudad Juarez and taken to the city's shelters awaiting the request for political asylum in United States. (Photo by David Peinado/NurPhoto via AP)
By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 10 May 2021 10:38 AM
A North Carolina city could add "as many as 800 jobs" if it allows the Department of Health and Human Services to create what is referred to as a "youth village" shelter for children of illegal immigrants, the city's mayor has announced.
HHS visited Greensboro, North Carolina, last week to survey a closed boarding school, the American Hebrew Academy, as a potential location to hold as many as 800 children.
"If the American Hebrew Academy site is selected, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would partner with local non-profits to provide a range of services," Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughn said in a statement. "In addition, the partnership could potentially bring as many as 800 jobs to the area including food services, clinicians, teachers, and more."
"On Tuesday, May 4, both City and County officials met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a site assessment of the American Hebrew Academy facility at 4334 Hobbs Rd,” reads a statement from the city of Greensboro. "The facility is one of several sites across the country identified as unused property for potential use as a temporary influx housing for unaccompanied children."
"Greensboro and Guilford County are uniquely situated to be a candidate for the proposed youth village given its extraordinary transportation options, rich network of international support services, and history of refugee resettlement," officials for Guilford County said in a statement, according to the Greensboro News & Record.
Melvin "Skip" Alston, who chairs the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, added that, "these kids are not coming here to stay — it’s a transitional site — they would come here to have better, more humane situations while they’re getting in touch with their next of kin. The way that we treat them now is gonna affect them for the rest of their lives — these are innocent kids."
The city noted that the Biden administration approached them with the idea, and that the decision won’t be announced until this summer.
"It is important to know that this was not solicited by either the City or County governments, but it is a federal program looking at this property. If selected, this will not be part of the Guilford County School system or social services. This will also come without incentives or any cost to the City or County. U.S. DHHS will solely make the decision regarding what facilities it selects across the country.
"The priority of the U.S. DHHS is to ensure unaccompanied migrant children are safe, healthy, and unified with family members or other suitable sponsors as quickly and safely as possible. The U.S. DHHS is responsible for temporary care of the unaccompanied children referred to its Office of Refugee Resettlement.
"The Federal Government would provide on-site security and medical needs, independent of City and County resources."