Residents Force Feds to Nix Plan to House Illegals at Va. College

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 07:10 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Townspeople and local elected officials have upended a furtive plan by the Department of Health and Human Services to create a temporary halfway house for hundreds of illegal immigrant minors in rural Virginia, The Washington Times reported.

Federal officials signed a five-month lease to transform the defunct St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville into a shelter for some 500 children and teenagers from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador awaiting reunification with relatives.

News of the discussions between federal officials and Saint Paul's management broke early Friday morning, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"We were stunned," said Robert Pecht, president of the Lawrenceville Town Council after hearing about the plan. "We were told it was a done deal. The lease was signed and that was it," the Times reported.

Local residents were up in arms.

The area's Republican congressman Robert Hurt contacted HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday morning to insist that the plan be scrapped.

"If the HHS plan is indeed good for the people of Lawrenceville and Brunswick County, then they should begin with a transparent and open process that includes the community and the local elected officials every step of the way and ensures compliance with all local, state and federal laws – including the local zoning ordinances of the town of Lawrenceville."

Most residents were concerned about safety, and whether the migrant children would bring disease to their community, smallpox, scabies and chicken pox, according to the Times-Dispatch report. Many of the children have had little or no medical care and have not been inoculated for childhood diseases.

In response to the intense local opposition HHS officials reversed themselves.

"The project of developing Saint Paul's College as a site for caring for minors in the Unaccompanied Alien Children program is on hold pending community input," said Kenneth Wolfe, an HHS spokesman.

The administration has encountered problems in finding shelter for the tens of thousands of children streaming illegally across the border. In Baltimore, Democratic elected officials blocked plans to convert a vacant office complex into a shelter, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, African American activist Umar Johnson,  is in negotiations to purchase the property in order to set up a boys school.

Related Stories

Government Won't Say How Many Illegals Released in US

The Staging of the Illegal Immigrant Children Crisis

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Police: 2 NYC Cops Shot Dead, Execution Style

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 17:03 PM

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday a . . .

Cuban Groups Protesting in Miami

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 08:36 AM

Protesters waving Cuban flags have started to gather for a demonstration against President Barack Obama's plan to normal . . .

Prosecutors: Fraudster Used Funds to Freeze Wife

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 13:31 PM

Prosecutors say a financial fraudster used backers' money to have his wife's body cryogenically frozen before fleeing Ne . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved