Houston Will Not House Immigrant Children

Houston does not have suitable facilities to help house migrants.


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As border officials continue to look for temporary housing for the thousands of children who have illegally entered the country — many cities are refusing to welcome the migrants. But Houston Mayor Annise Parker says she offered whatever help the city could provide, but no suitable housing options were available.

“We tried to be proactive. And in fact, after talking with my colleague mayor of Laredo, we looked at city facilities to see if we had anything suitable and we determined that we did not. And there was a working group set up that looked at non-City of Houston public facilities like schools and so forth, and there may be a few, but they’re sub-optimal for what we need right now,” Parker said.

Parker says the federal government wants to place the children in facilities already designed for human habitation such as dormitories, shuttered prisons or barracks. The City of Houston does not have those types of facilities and Parker says Houston has not been asked to provide any assistance. Last week Harris County officials also said they have not been approached by the federal government.


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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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