Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he wants thousands of undocumented children from the border to be in Dallas by the end of July, adding that one of three proposed housing sites is a Parkland Hospital warehouse that needs to be fixed.
However, according to at least one county commissioner, several steps must be taken before renovations can begin on taxpayer-funded county buildings.
“There's been no declaration of an emergency at the federal level, state level, or the county level, so therefore if he's trying to operate within some type of Homeland Security emergency declaration, that hasn't occurred, so that authority doesn't exist, and maybe he knows some authority that we’re not aware of,” said Commissioner Mike Cantrell. “All I’m asking him to do is tell us what it is. Under what authority is he acting?”
“We're going to move on this just as quickly as we can, and we're certainly going to have all the public meetings and do all the things necessary to follow the rules and the law,” said Jenkins.
Typically, when renovations occur at the hospital, Parkland's budget and finance committee will meet.
If they approve it, it gets kicked up to the Parkland board, where it will be voted on before heading to the commissioners’ court.
But commissioners’ court is in recess until August, so some wonder if a special meeting will have to be called and when and where that might be.
County officials have said that if the top three don't work out, then other sites may be considered.
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