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Diocese confirms plan for shelter at former Juvenile Detention

Critics had proposed using former TUSD schools
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Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 21:54:22-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two former Tucson Unified School District school buildings were being considered as migrant facilities. According to TUSD district spokeswoman Karla Escamilla, the schools were Howenstine High School at 555 S. Tucson Blvd., and Menlo Park Elementary, at 1100 W. Fresno Street.

The facilities would have been used to house migrant families seeking asylum who turn themselves over to federal authorities.

A Benedictine Monastery currently used as a shelter will close soon, creating the need for additional buildings.


Note: We originally, incorrectly reported that Pima County was considering the schools referenced in this story as an option. After receiving the information below, we updated this story.

Email received from Mark B. Evans. Director, Pima County Communications Office:
Pima County is NOT considering two TUSD schools. The County and CCS are proceeding with the plan to lease the unused section of our juvenile facility as a respite and travel processing center for asylum seekers, pending Board of Supervisors’ approval Aug. 6.