Here’s the latest on the 150 migrant children expected to arrive in Erie

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Update: Homeland security agents have been parked outside the academy throughout the night and into this afternoon awaiting the arrival of 150 immigrant children who are expected to arrive at some point today.

The children will be ages 7 to 12, who have crossed into the United States without their parents.

The Department of Health and Human services telling us the academy will act as an emergency intake site in the near future, and provide shelter for children with the potential capacity of 648 beds.

The HHS released the following statement in part to Jet 24/Fox 66/YourErie.com:

“While HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has worked to build up its licensed bed capacity to care for unaccompanied children (UC), additional capacity is urgently needed to manage the increasing numbers of UC referrals from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). HHS is aggressively working with its interagency partners to ensure that UC are safe and unified with family members or other suitable sponsors as quickly and safely as possible. To support this effort, HHS selected the PIA property to establish an Emergency Intake Site (EIS) to provide ORR with needed capacity to accept children from CBP into its care where they can be safely processed, cared for, and either released to a sponsor or transferred to an appropriate ORR shelter for longer-term care. The EIS is intended for use as a temporary measure.

The Emergency Intake Site will initially provide potentially lifesaving services for UC that are consistent with best practices/standards in emergency response in disasters or other humanitarian situations – clean and comfortable sleeping quarters, meals, toiletries, laundry, and access to medical services. A COVID-19 health screening protocol for all children will be implemented to follow CDC guidelines for preventing and controlling communicable diseases….

HHS will utilize all available options to safely care for the children. These options include both short-term and long-term solutions. In the short-term, HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is working to ensure children don’t spend more time in border patrol facilities than necessary by: 1) safely increasing capacity in its permanent/licensed network by implementing enhanced CDC COVID-19 mitigation strategies; 2) safely reducing the time it takes to unify UC with sponsors; 3) using Influx Care Facilities with the same standards of care used in its permanent/licensed network; and 4) establishing Emergency Intake Sites to decrease over-crowding in CBP facilities. Simultaneously, ORR is committed to aggressively moving toward the long-term goal of acquiring enough state-licensed beds in our care provider network to reduce the need in the future for Influx Care Facilities or Emergency Intake Sites.”


The decision for migrant children to be housed in Erie has the greenlight.

Federal officers are in town, guarding and preparing the Pennsylvania International Academy.

Fontaine Glenn was live this morning from outside the facility with more on this story as it continues to develop.

The building located off Oliver Road is going to be home to at least 150 immigrant children. The kids coming here will be under the age of 12, who have crossed into the United States without their parents.

The Department of Health and Human services telling us the academy will act as an emergency intake site in the near future, and provide shelter for children with the potential capacity of 648 beds.

#HappeningNow: Homeland security agents are outside The Pennsylanvia International Academy as at least 150 immigrant…

Posted by JET/FOX/YourErie on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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