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County judge defends sheltering immigrant children

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DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County's top elected official defended his plan to house about 2,000 unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins faced public criticism and support in equal measure at the end of a Tuesday meeting of the county's commissioners. One woman, Susan Mardozza of Carrollton, accused Jenkins of making Dallas County "an accomplice to this government-led crime against America." Meanwhile, 30th Congressional District Democratic nominee Eric Williams criticized Jenkins for choosing three shelters in lower-income areas.

Meanwhile, others criticized Jenkins for acting without consulting the public or his fellow commissioners. One commissioner, Mike Cantrell, said he would ask to have the subject added to an early August commission agenda.

Jenkins said he had to act quickly because of the scale of the humanitarian crisis.

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