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Plan to House Immigrant Children in Va. on Hold

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By STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The government's plan to temporarily shelter hundreds of Central American children and teenagers on a college campus in rural Virginia is on hold.

The decision announced Monday comes amid growing concerns about using the campus of St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville for so-called unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America.

A spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families wrote in an email to The Associated Press that the program is "on hold" until a community meeting Thursday. Spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe declined to elaborate on the full extent of the program.

But Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts said the tiny farming community in Virginia's tobacco region has been kept in the dark by federal officials about relocating up to 500 children from Southwest and Western U.S. camps.

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