Dallas County won’t meet its goal of housing unaccompanied immigrant children by the end of July.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced Friday afternoon work still needs to be done to get the sites ready to hold up to 2,000 kids.
“I am disappointed for their sake,” Jenkins said in a statement. “My focus remains on speeding the process of moving children from detention on the border to compassionate care in Dallas County as soon as possible.”
Federal site assessment teams sent their report on the work to be done at the various sites to Health and Human Services headquarters on Friday. Jenkins said the contractors and officials would work through the weekend and daily to get the sites ready.
Hulcy Middle School, the Lamar Alternative Education Program in Grand Prairie and a vacant Parkland Memorial Hospital warehouse are the three Dallas County sites.
“Progress is made every day and is accelerating,” Jenkins said. “This is an extremely fluid and complex situation but we will get it done.”
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