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Candidate Claims School Unfit for Immigrants

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    Protesters gathered Saturday afternoon to say a Dallas middle school chosen for hundreds of fleeing Central American immigrants is not the right place for them. (Published Saturday, Jul 12, 2014)

    Protesters gathered Saturday afternoon to say a school chosen for hundreds of fleeing Central American immigrants is not the right place for them.

    D. A. Hulcy Middle School is one of three sites announced by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins as a proposed place to house 2000 immigrants by late July.

    A small rally on Saturday organized by Congressional Candidate Eric Williams denounced the idea.

    Williams said he is not against the plan to bring children from the border to Dallas county, but the school is not the place for them.

    "I don't want to see children that I don't even know, but I care about, put in this type of facility," said Williams.

    Williams said the facility is unfit, citing a 2013 district-wide Dallas ISD facilities report that shows there are more than 20 million dollars in deficiencies at Hulcy.

    Williams claims there is a potential for mold, asbestos, lead and other hazardous issues.

    NBC DFW talked with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. He said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has already deemed Hulcy Middle School viable.

    He also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send an Industrial Hygiene team into the building early next week. 

    If the building isn't deemed fit, Jenkins said it won't be used.

    A Dallas ISD spokesperson told NBC DFW the federal government has not approached the district about using Hulcy Middle School yet.