If the U.S. General Services Administration’s New England regional offices had gotten their wish, up to 2,000 children from Central America who entered the United States illegally would have stayed in Southbury while being detained under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the CT Mirror reports.
Patrick M. O’Brien of the state Office of Policy and Management cited a number of reasons why the state could not provide assistance, including:
- The school’s condition
- Concerns about the people with developmental disabilities presently housed at the facility
- State mandates requiring a period of public comments prior to a different use
- Final sales approval from state boards, committees and the attorney general’s office
According to NBC Connecticut, all expenses would have been covered by the federal government, including maintenance of the school.
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