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County stops work after clash over migrant shelter at vacant Pima juvenile center

Plans to turn an unused section of the juvenile detention center into a Catholic Community Services shelter for hundreds of released migrants have prompted debate, with activists calling the move a "non-starter," and supporters assailing "second-guessing that undermines the work."... Read more»

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Jul 12, 2019, 8:22 pm
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I don’t pretend to understand the motivation of Supervisor Elias and TUSD Board President Grijalva but I’m pretty confident it’s not concern for the asylum seekers.  I urge them and all who oppose the logical best available site to back off and let work go forward to fully prepare the juvenile detention center for this mission of mercy.

Jul 12, 2019, 10:33 pm
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Where was Adelita Grijalva for the last year when options were being considered? Is her incredibly efficient work at TUSD now coming over to the county? How much time have she and Ms. Rainey spent at the Monastery? What elementary school has showers and laundry facilities, and since when are TUSD properties, plumbing and HVAC systems adequate for hundreds of people at a time? Especially ones that have been abandoned by the school district? It is INCREDIBLY frustrating that ONE person can humbug a place with showers, plumbing that works, laundry and gym facilities for 200. One person. Wrap your head around that Tucson.

Jul 13, 2019, 10:25 am
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TUSD had offered Hohokam, worked with the County to upgrade necessary facilities and the facility was deemed too far. TUSD offered facilities in 2014 when Dr. Sanchez was Superintendent. Menlo Park JUST recently became available (literally in the last week) and we wanted to be sure that it was considered as an option. Looking at the Phx model, which is utilizing vacant schools, I have been approached by MANY wondering why TUSD hasn’t offered options. If a neighborhood school, centrally located near a park and Mission Gardens can be explored as an option, why shouldn’t we?

Jul 13, 2019, 11:26 am
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Do not spend my tax dollars supporting foreign nationals, period.

Jul 13, 2019, 12:32 pm
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I fail to understand why TUSD should to have jumped to support a plan worked out by the county and the diocese to use a facility which has at the ready the necessary plumbing and is much more suited to sleeping quarters than are TUSD’s schools.  It has been common knowledge for several months that the monastery would become unavailable approximately by the end of July.  Successor accommodations were being sought and then, following the announcement of a suitable solution, up jump a couple of folks with a last minute and seemingly not very well though through plan.  “If a neighborhood school, centrally located near a park and Mission Gardens can be explored as an option, why shouldn’t we?”  I’d say why didn’t you, months ago?

Jul 13, 2019, 6:44 pm
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There are so many things wrong with this
- the migrants will be out on the street
- because TUSD is greedy for federal dollars
- and torpedoed the Pima County plan
- allowing Chuck Huckleberry to cancel anything till August 6th, 7 days after the migrants have to be out of the Monastery

Adelita - these people will suffer because of YOUR GREED.

Also to the “gentleman” who doesn’t want his tax money used to help migrants, I hear you.  I don’t want my tax dollars paying for your racist social security, medicare, and your regular failed mental health screenings.

You told us what you don’t want your taxes to pay for.  I’ve just told you we don’t want to pay for you.


Jul 14, 2019, 7:52 am
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There is nothing racist about expecting people to obey the law. These foreign criminals can live on your dime if you want. Just don’t force me to support them.

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An interior view of the Pima County Juvenile Justice facility that is slated to become a waypoint for migrants released by federal officials in Tucson.


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