Northern California county ends youth immigrant contract

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California county is ending its decade-old contract with the federal government to house troubled immigrant children.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the Yolo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to end its contract with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to house migrant teenagers in a high-security detention center in Woodland.

The facility west of Sacramento is one of two in the nation for teens who have entered the country unaccompanied by a parent and are considered a danger to themselves or others.

The center can house up to 24 minors. It has housed about 800 teens since 2008.

But the center has held fewer than 17 youths on average this year, including local juvenile offenders.

County officials are considering what to do with the detention center.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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