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Connecticut Offer To House Migrant Children In Former Jail Rejected By Biden Administration

David J. Phillip

Governor Ned Lamont said the Biden administration has decided not to house unaccompanied migrant children in Connecticut.

Lamont said his administration was ready to offer a former state juvenile detention facility in Middletown.

“The White House said let’s take a pause. I think we are taking care of these kids elsewhere right now but we really appreciate the heart of the state of Connecticut for reaching out and giving us some options,” Lamont said.

Advocacy groups and local officials had criticized the move.

They said a former jail was not the best place to house migrant children.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.