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Residents oppose proposed immigration facility

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:55pm

Clint residents met with local lawmakers Wednesday hoping to stop a proposed immigrant center from moving in.

The town has fewer than a thousand residents, but the proposed Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge may house 3,500 children.

"We're also concerned as small town residents... We want to keep the integrity of our small town," said Christina Franco, who spoke to lawmakers on behalf of the residents.

Franco says residents worry they won't be able to handle the influx if the facility gets federal approval, which is currently being reviewed by Health and Human Services.

They argue their position has nothing to do with immigration and politics.

"We feel for these children, certainly we're human, we feel for them, we see them suffering, we see their plight. But this is logistical," said Franco.

"Our roads, our schools, health, our first responders, our property values, all of that, and then looking into the future, what happens once we're stuck with that building as our neighbor? What do we do with it?" said Franco.

County Commissioner Vince Perez, State Rep. Mary Gonzalez and representatives for State Sen. Jose Rodriguez and Congressman Pete Gallego listened to concerns.

They told residents while the source of the application, a company from New York, is questionable, they are concerned that if given approval there would be no stopping the facility from being built.


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