Mayor says child migrant facility would need local approval

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In this Dec. 10, 2018, photo, immigrant boys play soccer at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Homestead, Fla. The Trump administration is scouting sites in central Florida, Virginia and Los Angeles for future facilities to hold unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of a Florida county where federal officials are considering opening a shelter for unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border says the proposal would require the approval of local officials.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says in a letter to state and federal lawmakers that the space under consideration isn’t zoned for a residential care facility and would require a special use permit. That involves a public hearing before a zoning board and approval from county commissioners.

According to documents forwarded to Demings by federal officials, the proposed facility would house 500 children.

Several local and state officials have been vocal in their opposition to a shelter in central Florida.

The nation’s largest child migrant facility is in Homestead, Florida, where immigrant advocates have described “prisonlike” conditions.

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