Wisconsin's Fox Valley Cannot Find Housing for 'Border' Kids

Aug 12, 2014

The federal government had hoped to find shelter in northeastern Wisconsin, for 400 children who've arrived at the U.S. border from Central America.

According to the Post-Crescent Media, leaders in Outagamie County told the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services that the region does not have the funding to house and educate hundreds of unaccompanied children. The agency responded that the federal government pays for sheltering them.

The department is searching for large facilities where dozens of children could live, at least until court hearings determine whether or not they can remain in the U.S. Those sites must be located within 100 miles of an airport.

The children have been arriving by the thousands, at the U.S. border with Mexico. Most came from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Some have been placed with family members.

Agencies in Milwaukee have also been searching for sites to accommodate children.