Report: Fort Drum Won't House Refugee Children


It looks like Fort Drum will not be used to temporarily house illegal immigrant children from Central and South America.

A report on quotes sources as saying the local Army post has been ruled out as "unsatisfactory for the housing needs."

However, property in Syracuse owned by a Catholic order of nuns is being considered, with a decision due by week's end.

7 News learned last week that federal officials were looking at Fort Drum as a location to house refugee children.

Since October, officials say more than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central and South America have streamed across the southwestern border of the United States.

The children are in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is seeking areas across the country to place them.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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