Charlotte shelter proposed for immigrant children

Shelter proposed in Charlotte for immigrant children

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Caldwell Presbyterian Church on East Fifth Street has offered to host a shelter in a 10,000-square-foot building that was most recently used as an overflow shelter by the Salvation Army.

Federal officials are considering Charlotte for a 50-bed "day shelter" that will temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children. It's believed as many as 1200 of the children detained are in North Carolina.

News of the shelter plan was revealed Thursday during the kickoff of a community initiative to muster support, financial resources and legal expertise to help the children and their families, who are facing fast-tracked deportation proceedings.

The children would stay with foster families at night, then return to shelter by day for school and legal orientations.

Just last week, Governor McCrory said he doesn't feel like we're getting enough communication from federal government on status of these children.

Organizers say the shelter could open as early as October. It's predicted the average stay would be 15 to 45 days, or until legal paperwork has been completed.

Though the children would stay here, they could be waiting to be reunited with family in other states as well.


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