Rep. Grijalva to tour migrant youth shelter

Rep. Grijalva to tour migrant youth shelter
Raul Grijalva

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Rep. Raul Grijalva plans to tour a migr ant youth shelter Friday morning, July 6.

Estrella del Norte, located on Oracle Road, used to be a college apartment complex and now houses a couple hundred migr ant children.

The facility is run by Texas-based Southwest Key, which operates centers in several states.

In recent weeks, the facility has attracted protesters who line up along the sidewalk holding signs.

Not much can be seen from outside the gated center aside from staff members in the parking lot and police officers at the entrance.

Grijalva said it was no easy tasking getting into the highly guarded facility. His office put in a request for a visit one month ago. He was gr anted access a week ago.

He said leaders didn't give him a reason for the hold-up.

"We asked about a month ago. It took that long. I think. You know that doesn't help the situation to be so closed and so secretive about allowing people in, particularly members of Congress," he said.

It's not clear at the moment what he will be able to do once inside.

"Given the understanding of previous rules of no photographs, no recording, you won't be able to talk to the children and obviously the media won't be let in. But you know we'll have impressions afterward," he said.

His visit is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Tucson News Now reached out to Rep. Martha McSally's office to hear her thoughts on the situation. We have not received a response.

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