D.C. Mayor says District will not shelter unaccompanied immigrant children

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city has “no intention” of letting the federal government or its contractor set up a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children within the District borders, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Bowser told the Post the city “will not be complicit in the inhumane practice of detaining migrant children in warehouses.” 

The mayor was reacting to an application by a federal contractor to open a temporary shelter in the District, according to the report. Bowser’s comments echoed those of other local officials in Northern Virginia from late week, who also said they did not intend to allow such a shelter to be built in their jurisdictions. 

The Northern Virginia lawmakers were reacting to a pre-solicitation looking for space for such a shelter advertised by the General Services Administration. The effort, first reported by WBJ, met with swift resistance from lawmakers, immigrant advocates and others. 

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson…

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