Official: Plan to house immigrants in Va. scrapped

Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)
Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An elected official says federal officials are scrapping plans to shelter hundreds of Central American children in rural Virginia amid fierce local opposition.

The elected official spoke on condition of anonymity because U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials were still delivering the news to officials in Lawrenceville, Virginia. He says he was briefed about the decision in a phone call with the health department.

A health department spokesman said an announcement was expected Friday but would not elaborate.

The decision came after a public meeting in Lawrenceville, where hundreds of people attended and an overwhelming number spoke out against the proposal.

The Administration for Children and Families had planned to temporarily shelter the Central American children and teenagers at St. Paul’s College, which has been closed for one year.

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