Some Against Having Undocumented Children Housed in the Valley

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VERONA, Va. (WHSV) -- There are several undocumented children in the Valley at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center and some people in the community are against the idea.

Earlier this week, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors held a staff-briefing meeting to discuss the current operations at the juvenile center as well as their contract with the federal government.

Administrators say federal money is paying for these services not your local tax dollars.

Some people in the community were at the meeting to learn more about the issue. People with the Tea Party say they aren't against helping undocumented children, but do not want to use any money from the federal, state, or local level. They say the money needs to go to children from our area first.

Augusta County Administrator Pat Coffield said regardless of one's personal views, the juvenile center has done nothing illegal, by housing these undocumented children.

"Our primary mission with juvenile center is to house juveniles within our own service area. We have a contract and we are honoring that contract," Coffield said.

The Tea Party plans to be at the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting to share their concerns. People with Virginia Organizing also plan to go to the meeting to show support for the children at the detention center.

The meeting is happening Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Verona Government Center.


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