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Anniston no longer in immigrant housing plan

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Plans to house detainees and children are in progress in other states. (Source: MGN Online) Plans to house detainees and children are in progress in other states. (Source: MGN Online)
ANNISTON, AL (WAFF) -  Earlier this week, there were plans in place to move several immigrant families from the border to locations inside Alabama. Those plans appeared to change Wednesday.

Representative Mike Rogers blasted officials Tuesday, and then received word Wednesday a site in Anniston was no longer under consideration to house the detainees.

Rogers said he received an email saying plans were to house immigrant families at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston. According to a release from the congressman’s office, he got that email from a federal agency.

He then sent a letter back to the Departments of Health & Human Services and Homeland Security expressing his concerns. The congressman said the facility was a world-class first responder training facility, but said it was not built to house detainees or their children. Rogers also felt it would cause disruption in the operations of the facility.

He went on to question the reasoning for placing such detainees some 900 miles from the border where the crisis is ongoing.

Rogers urges the safe return of detainees and children back to their home countries.

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