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WASHINGTON D.C. - The federal government is no longer considering a plan to use the Anniston Center for Domestic Preparedness to house illegal immigrants.

Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks, said his staff was notified of the change this morning in an email from the Department of Health and Human Services. The email read that “the site is no longer under consideration, and GSA and HHS will not be taking further steps related to that facility.

The change comes after Rogers sent a letter to the department, as well as the Department of Homeland Security expressing his criticism, opposition and concerns.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“The CDP is a world class first responder training facility; however, it was in no way built to house immigration detainees, much less children. CDP is over 900 miles from the Rio Grande Valley where many of these border crossings occur, and transporting illegal immigrants so far away from the border and their home countries would seem to make this crisis worse. It seems implausible that there is not a temporary facility within 900 miles of our southwestern border capable of housing these individuals without the disruption that I am concerned this transfer would cause to CDP operations. In addition, I am concerned the housing of many of these unaccompanied minor children who arrived here under the false belief they would be granted legal status – a belief challenged little if at all over the years by the Obama Administration – could put deep and challenging stresses on the local community’s health system.”

Rogers also sent a letter to President Obama.

In a statement to Alabama's 13, FEMA stated, "CDP's facilities were briefly considered as part of a broad review of potential facilities for temporarily sheltering unaccompanied children.  There are no available facilities at CDP to support this mission, so CDP is not currently under consideration for sheltering unaccompanied children."



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