PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona school district officials are considering former school buildings to house migrant families.

The Phoenix Elementary School District approved a three-month lease Friday for the Ann Ott School to temporarily house more than 80 people.

“Helping them transit through Phoenix to wherever they’re going is an important step in allowing them to be able to follow the legal process here for asylum,” International Rescue Committee director Aaron Rippenkroeger said.

[RELATED: New shelter for asylum-seekers to open in Phoenix soon]

Menlo Park Elementary and Howenstine Magnet High School are being considered by the Tucson Unified School District as alternatives to the county’s plan to accommodate families in the juvenile detention center.

“I’m really opposed to moving anyone to a detention facility,” school board president Adelita Grijalva said. “A throw rug isn’t going to change what it is.”

Officials are seeking a replacement for the Diocese of Tucson, which has provided temporary lodging since last fall and will be repurposed into resident housing and retail space by the end of July.

County officials made a tentative agreement with Catholic Community Services, an organization under the Diocese, on Monday to move families to unused portions of the detention center.

[RELATED:  ICE drops off hundreds of asylum seekers at Phoenix-area churches]

[AND THIS: Pastors say Phoenix-area churches receiving migrant families awaiting asylum daily]

“At first thought, the idea of using a detention center may not seem the best option; we hope that the treatment provided, along with some de-institutionalizing of the interior will help those staying there feel safe and welcome,” Catholic Bishop Edward Weisenburger said.

A recently closed bowling alley, former children’s home and previous heart hospital in the area have all been considered, but do not meet size or security standards, county officials said.

Families using the facilities stay no more than a couple days at a time after they have been processed and released by U.S. Border Control agents.

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rgclemete

-Open Borders. -Sanctuary Cities. -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country. -Defund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE. -Same sex marriages. -Disarming Americans. -Infanticide. -Voting rights for illegal aliens. -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit) -Increase refugee's from the third world. -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office. -Socialism. -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded) -The green new deal. -End of Electoral College -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded) -Raise Minimum Wage (expect massive reduction in full time jobs & loss of health benefits) -Have adolescents vote. -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded) -Reparations for every race "harmed" by the white man. -Convicts, Terrorists voting. -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms. -Late term abortions up to 9 months.. -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work. (Sources: Straight from the Democrat's mouths. View their speeches on you tube.) The choice is yours....

1stupidsailor

Asylum is such a crock, it's just the most recent loophole. Process their requests while they wait elsewhere, this is a huge taxpayer burden and the asylum nonsense is a pant load. We owe them nothing, give them nothing but directions south. I get that the average liberal realizes they need this voter base and isn't a net taxpayer, perhaps it's time to start stashing these "refugees" in SFO, PDX, LA, SEA, etc. Drop them off in Beverly Hills and Malibu, build the shelters there.

TRUMP supporter

Deport the criminals. Build the wall.

Swiss_cheese

only for 30 days then they release them in your community

Sendthemback

Our government is totally out of touch with it’s citizens. Every day we read about one more blatant illegal action our elected officials throw our way. These people are not asylum seekers nor are they immigrants so news media yes you azfamily news stop telling the story incorrectly to sugar coat what it really is. CALL IT for what these people are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. You so called reporters tell me how do you sleep at night knowing you report news incorrectly. You sell yourselves for the almighty dollar. You are a complete joke!!!! Utter disgust is what I feel for all of you. The story in reality is Arizona school district officials are considering former school buildings to house the illegal aliens who have traveled through numerous countries until they illegally choose their destination the USA because as long as idiots keep giving FREE BENEFITS to all these illegal immigrants the invasion will not end.

armadillo

send them back across the border

lancelot

Not enough. We need local motels, hotels and apartments to volunteer their units to house the future or america!!

GBender

Not in my neighborhood. Brown Cancer

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