As you may know by now, Dallas County and the Grand Prairie Independent School District have offered the old Lamar Alternative Center for consideration as a temporary shelter for some of the unaccompanied children that have crossed the border into Texas. As mayor, I did not volunteer our city as a shelter location, but the city of Grand Prairie will handle it in a professional and caring manner.
If the school is used, it will be a temporary situation. The contract to use Lamar would be for 120 days with the possibility of two 120-day extensions. The children would only be there a short time as they are processed in and out.
The city’s role is to make sure Grand Prairie citizens are safe and that this humanitarian effort is not a cost to our city. The federal government will absorb all costs and handle all operational issues such as food, security and medical. The security will ensure that the children stay onsite at all times.
The city of Grand Prairie is not taking a position on federal immigration. This is a federal issue that needs to be taken care of in Washington.
As always, Grand Prairie citizens will remain a priority when it comes to city services. The federal government has produced a Frequently Asked Questions page with further information.