CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Despite prior confirmation from Houston County officials that the former Crockett State School could potentially become a facility to house illegal immigrants, the president of the company that manages the facility said on Monday he has vetoed the decision.
"There's a lot of misinformation and a rumor going out through the community, and I wanted to make it crystal clear that we are not going to operate a refugee program here in Crockett. That is not our intention. Never was our intention," said Joseph Newman, the president of the Cornerstone Program.
The Colorado-based company took over the Davy Crockett Regional Juvenile Center earlier this year.
Houston County Economic Development Director Thom Lambert confirmed on Friday that the federal government had been discussing the possibility of using the facility as a holding center for illegal immigrants that are inundating our nation's borders.
Yet, that information was declared not set and stone by Judge Erin Ford late Friday afternoon.
"I don't know of any direct contact on the use of that school for anything other than the adjudicated juveniles," Ford told the East Texas News.
Newman told the East Texas News on Friday that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representative did tour the facility on June 30 to determine if the facility would be suitable. Newman said there had been few calls back and forth but nothing concrete had been determined.
On Monday, Newman declared the facility will maintain its current program as a juvenile treatment and detention center.
Right now, there are nine juveniles currently at the facility, Newman said.
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