SILVERHILL, AL (WKRG) — According to Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama), the Department of Health and Human Services has decided not to house migrant children at naval outlying bases in Baldwin County.
The decision means that naval outlying fields in Silverhill and Orange Beach, near Josephine, will not receive any children this year.
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Representative Byrne says the decision is good news and you can read his full statement below.
The proposal from Health and Human Services would have sent two-thousand undocumented children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to a temporary housing facility on the air fields.
Many local officials have been against the proposal including Governor Robert Bentley and the Baldwin County Commission.
A conference call was held between the Commission and officials from HHS where the public was invited to voice their concerns. 300 residents attended the meeting and very few answers were given from HHS during the call, leading to more frustration.
“We are not interested in having these facilities here. We don’t think the infrastructure is there to support them. We think you are going to screw up our evacuation plans, our evacuation protocols and we would rather you find another place,” said Commissioner Chris Elliott following the meeting.
Following the decision Thursday morning, Rep. Byrne released this statement:
Military airfields in Southwest Alabama are not the place to house illegal migrant children, and I am glad the Obama Administration finally realized that. My office, along with other Alabama leaders, have worked hard to block this outrageous proposal, and I am pleased our efforts have been successful.
“The reality is the larger problem of illegal immigration will not go away until we get serious about enforcing the immigration laws already on the books and actually secure our borders. I will continue to make those some of my top priorities here in Congress.”