How Trump could sidestep Bowser’s efforts to block immigrant shelter in D.C.

The Trump administration is backing new regulations that could allow it to sidestep Mayor Muriel Bowser’s attempts to keep a new shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children out of D.C.

Bowser has come out in fierce opposition to plans advanced by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to lease space for a 200-bed shelter in the District. The WBJ learned earlier this month that federal officials were working with a contractor to set up a new detention facility in Takoma, provoking swift condemnations from District officials.

Bowser acted late last week to create emergency rules aimed at foiling the feds’ plans, directing D.C.’s child welfare regulatory agency to reject any applications for new shelters with more than 15 beds. Federal immigration detention centers have long been subject to local licensing requirements, making it seem as if the mayor would be able to stymie the administration’s plans.

But HHS and the Department of Homeland Security…

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