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Migrant families to stay in Tucson juvenile detention center

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 14:18:54-04

TUCSON — TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Central American migrants seeking U.S. asylum will be moved from housing at a former Benedictine Monastery in downtown Tucson to unused areas of the Pima County juvenile detention center.

The Arizona Daily Star says in a Monday report that county officials have confirmed that three buildings at the detention center could be used immediately as a dorm-like shelter for 150 to 200 people.

It was unclear when the move would take place.

A wave of asylum-seeking families at the southern U.S. border has left authorities scrambling to find housing for them while their cases are heard.

Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik said although migrant families will be sheltered in a detention center, they will not be detainees.

Doors will be unlocked and there will be kitchen and laundry facilities.