UPDATE on the previous posted story!
BARLETTA ANNOUNCES HAZLETON REMOVED FROM CONSIDERATION FOR UNACCOMPANIED MINORS
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today announced that the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has confirmed that it will no longer be considering Hazleton as a possible location for housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. USCRI President and CEO Lavinia Limon today confirmed to Rep. Barletta’s office that the organization will look elsewhere because of general opposition from the community. Though she would not discuss other specific sites, Limon did confirm that there are currently no other locations in Pennsylvania under consideration.
“This is welcome news for Hazleton and Pennsylvania,” Barletta said. “Ever since I made public that the former Min-Sec Center was identified as a possible location for the minors who had crossed our borders illegally, I have been hearing from constituents and community leaders expressing their concern. I made clear that I agreed with them and was opposed to the plan. I am glad that our voices have been heard.”
Barletta held a press conference in Hazleton Monday to disclose that he had learned that Min-Sec was on a list of potential housing facilities for unaccompanied minors being assessed by the USCRI. In originally announcing that Hazleton was under consideration as a relocation site, Barletta explained that he had a number of serious concerns that caused him to oppose the proposal.