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County Wants Answers on Refugee Children Sheltered in Region

Prince William County seeking DHHS info about Youth for Tomorrow's refugee program.

Prince William County seeking DHHS info about Youth for Tomorrow's refugee program.
Prince William County seeking DHHS info about Youth for Tomorrow's refugee program.
Prince William County Supervisors want more information from federal authorities about a contract with an area nonprofit to temporarily house unaccompanied minors who have crossed the Mexican border illegally.

These children have been stressing the resources of the federal government and nonprofit partners. It has also prompted a national debate over how to address a humanitarian crisis.

In northern Virginia, the nonprofit Youth for Tomorrow's residential services  include emergency shelter for undocumented minors. The program in Bristow is operated through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart told WJLA that "a relatively small number of children" housed in the county may be the tip of the iceberg.

"I'm concerned these children may be housed here permanently, and of course, there is going to be a drain on our educational system and other county services," Stewart told the station.

An HHS spokesperson would not comment on the number of undocumented children in Northern Virginia, but told The Washington Post that, “HHS pays for and provides all services for the children through its network of grantees." 

The spokesperson also noted that children spend less than 35 days on average at the shelters and do not integrate into the local community.


Chris July 17, 2014 at 08:03 PM
No. It just shows I am paying attention...
Tracy Gager July 17, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Such a shame that Congress seems unable to deal with this problem and now wants the President to use executive orders.
Chris July 17, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Here's a shot of your caring President. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j2oa0U0A5_w
Chris July 17, 2014 at 08:17 PM
... He just forgot to add a fist bump at the end.
Tony Venuti July 20, 2014 at 09:56 AM
under the cover of media darkness picket the media, don't boycott ...what's the point...no one EVER knows.....see "media blackout"... #picketmedia (on fb)

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