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Vacant HISD middle school might house immigrant children
HOUSTON - by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
Federal officials toured a vacant middle school in northeast Houston early Tuesday with possible plans to house undocumented children at the campus.
HISD gave a tour of the Old Terrell Middle School as a possible site to house hundreds of the undocumented children crossing the border.
HISD shut down the school in 2001 and currently uses the building for storage.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the visit is a preliminary step "in case federal officials decide they want a local shelter for the recent influx of unaccompanied children."
"In a large city like Houston, everyone's saying, 'If there needs to be a place to house these students, what facilities are available?'" HISD's Sheleah Reed told the Chronicle.
There is not yet any confirmation that children will actually be housed in the old middle school.
Aides to President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are talking about a possible meeting on border problems when Obama visits the Lone Star State later this week.
As Perry said he wants "a substantive meeting" rather than a "quick handshake" at the airport, White House senior adviser adviser Valerie Jarrett sent the governor a letter late Monday saying "the president would welcome a meeting with you" while he is in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday morning.