Feds Drop Idea of Housing Migrant Children in Alabama

An Alabama congressman says the Obama administration is dropping a plan to possibly house migrant children in Baldwin County and Montgomery.

Rep. Bradley Bryne issued a statement Thursday saying he’s learned the Department of Health and Human Services won’t pursue two rural, military airfields in Baldwin County as shelters for children who are in the country without their parents.

An email released by Bryne’s office says the government also is dropping the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force complex in Montgomery from consideration this year.

Byrne, Gov. Robert Bentley and other state Republicans have opposed the idea.

Health and Human Services didn’t have any immediate response to a message seeking comment. But Byrne says he’s glad the federal government realized military airfields in Alabama aren’t the place to house children.

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