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El Paso County not planning to house immigrant children

Published: July 18, 2014, 1:20 pm, by Jakob Rodgers
This June 18, 2014 file-pool photo shows detainees in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has tripled in surveys conducted by Gallup _ putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

This June 18, 2014 file-pool photo shows detainees in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

Unlike elsewhere in the state, El Paso County officials have no plans to start housing unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border, a county spokeswoman said Friday.

A shelter for those children is being considered by Denver Human Services, which might repurpose a 54-bed residential treatment facility for that purpose, KUSA-TV/9News recently reported. The Associated Press reported on Friday that the department might seek a three-year federal grant, though no application has been submitted.

Similar plans do not appear to be in the works for the El Paso County Department of Human Services. The county agency will only file a similar grant request if asked to do so by the Colorado Department of Human Services, said Kristina Iodice, a county spokeswoman.

So far, no such request has been made, she said.

“That’s a state-level decision,” Iodice said.