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Diocese of Tucson to hold discussion on migrant housing

July 17, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson’s Catholic leadership is planning to meet with local government officials about where the city can temporarily house migrants seeking asylum.

Catholic Community Services, an organization under the Diocese of Tucson, has asked city and county leaders to discuss the matter Wednesday afternoon.

The organization and county officials have a tentative agreement to move migrant families to unused portions of a Pima County juvenile detention center.

Critics are opposed to placing migrants in any detention facility.

Bishop Edward Weisenburger has said the hope is that migrants will feel safe and welcome as long as they are getting care.

The Tucson Unified School District is considering allowing migrants to stay in two former school buildings.

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