Local leaders tour Midland migrant facility

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MIDLAND, Texas (ABC Big 2/FOX 24) – Midland Mayor Patrick Payton and Midland County Judge Terry Johnson joined Sen. John Cornyn to tour the child migrant facility on Wednesday.

But while local leaders say they are glad to finally see what is going on inside, Shon Crabtree, who lives right next to the migrant facility is still concerned.

“I’m a homeowner my biggest investment is my property now this is out front,” Crabtree said. “We had Border Patrol, Homeland Security, and who knows what else and now that we’ve got this schoolyard fence up, they’re all gone.”

City and County leaders also had concerns, but they got some answers after touring the facility with Sen. Cornyn. Judge Terry Johnson understands why people who live nearby are worried.

After touring the facility, Johnson says the facility is secured, and knowing what is going on inside is assuring.

“If they were to act up or have an issue that child would be taken to a next level encampment if you will so these kids are on their best behavior,” Johnson said. “These kids are being taken care of, they are being fed properly, they’re being clothed properly, they are getting medical care, they are housed properly with supervised activities, there’s nothing this community needs to fear about that.”

Senator Cornyn says he’s glad the children are being taken care of. but says government policies still need to change.

“We want to take care of them but we also recognize the unfairness of imposing those costs on taxpayers because of broken policies in Washington D.C,” Cornyn said.

And for taxpayers like Crabtree, he hopes those polices will change too.

“This is a crisis, we’ve got an issue, but are we doing it correctly? We’re not.”

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