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Feds deny request to use border money for shelter

Posted at 11:33 AM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-29 01:33:42-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pima County officials say the federal government has denied the county's request to use $200,000 of border security funding to help cover the costs of operating a humanitarian shelter for migrants.

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry told the county Board of Supervisors in a memo Thursday that the denial cited a determination by federal officials that the proposed use of the money wouldn't benefit border security.

The supervisors voted 3-2 in May to accept a $1.8 million Operation Stonegarden grant.