CA suburbanites fight feds’ plan to house illegal minors in their community

CA suburbanites fight feds’ plan to house illegal minors in their community

[Ed. – A search on the address in Escondido, CA shows that it has previously been a senior-care facility, in a residential area, and is directly across the street from a new magnet school for grades 9-12.   Certainly prompts the question what long-term outcome the federal government is projecting for the kids.]

California suburbanites are engaged in a fight with the federal government over its attempt to turn a residential building into a detention center for illegal-immigrant children.

The Department of Health and Human Services submitted an application to the city of Escondido’s Planning Commission to use a 35,200 square-foot facility to house almost 100 children. On Tuesday night in this suburb of San Diego, the city commission held a hearing to review the request and unanimously voted to oppose the application. Several hundred people filled the chamber hall to make their voices heard, and people at the meeting say the overwhelming majority opposed the application. The standing-room-only crowd spilled over into an adjacent room and nearby hallways, and onto the grass outside. …

If Kitty Demry had missed a notice about the application placed on the building during a walk around the neighborhood with her husband, the application might have received less scrutiny. …

After speaking with a city official to gain more information and discovering that local officials did not know much about the shelter, Demry says she grew concerned. “Really, nobody knew about it,” Demry says.  …

Between 100 and 150 people spoke at the meeting on Tuesday night, which [city planning commission chairman Jeff] Weber says amounted to more people than he typically hears from at the meetings during an entire year. 

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