The federal government wants to lease a 100,000-square-foot facility in Central Florida to house undocumented migrant children, and Lakeland is in the southwest corner of a large swath of Central Florida where the site could be placed. (The area under consideration stretches nearly to Deltona and includes Orlando, Kissimmee and parts of Leesburg.) The General Services administrative is soliciting offers for sites, and the facility could open by November 2020.
LINKS: News Channel 8 coverage | GSA Solicitation | Map | Housing Plan | Earlier: Orlando Sentinel

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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  1. At over $700.00 a head per day are we really to believe that this is really about controlling immigration and not about making the Presidents friends untold millions of dollars? So sad!

    1. By the time these children are 12 years old they will be involved in crime or committing suicide because of what we’ve done to them and then we’ll talk about how bad immigrants are

  2. Yet we still have homeless children that are amarican citezens on the streets how about we just send these kids home with there parents and use this money too help our homeless citezens

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