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Arkansas governor says he's opposed to using state sites to house child migrants

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (AP photo)

Arkansas’ Republican governor says he’s opposed to the federal government using any facilities in the state to house migrant children who are separated from their parents.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he understands that officials are looking at the Little Rock Air Force Base and unused federal land in south Arkansas to house immigrants and that the decision on using the facilities is being made in Washington and not at the state level.

Hutchinson says any costs for housing immigrant families would be paid by the federal government.

Hutchinson a day earlier rejected calls from Democratic leaders in the majority-Republican legislature to recall the state’s National Guard soldiers deployed to assist in border surveillance.

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