Feds Assessing Lathrop to House Immigrant Children

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Lathrop city officials confirm that federal officials are assessing the military supply depot in Lathrop for its suitability to house immigrant children from Central America. The sprawling depot houses military parts and supplies of all kinds, including food and clothing.

Activities there have been scaled back as foreign conflicts subside. Those who have been at the depot say there are plenty of housing units that are able to temporarily shelter some of the thousands of kids that have come across the U.S.-Mexican Border without their parents.

The effects on the City of Lathrop should be minimal because the cost would be borne by the Federal government. Gordon Eustler lives near the depot property. He says some people are concerned that some of the older kids might be involved in gangs or are violent.

But Eustler says there’s no evidence of that. He says the facility has tight security and has its own police force.

“It wouldn’t bother me one bit. Somebody’s got to do it. It seems like the United States is always stepping in,” said Eustler.

A Health and Human services official says the situation has stabilzed on the border in recent days so the depot may not be used at all. But he also said the situation is in flux.

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