The old American Hebrew Academy, now the Influx Care Facility Greensboro Children’s Center was declared operational by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on March 15.

Currently, there are no children at the facility and no indication of when children will be sent to the Greensboro Children’s Center. According to the ORR website, the Greensboro Children’s Center will house unaccompanied migrant children from 13 to 17 years old. The children will not attend local public schools and will remain under staff supervision at all times.

When asked when the children would be arriving at the center, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “I have no idea.”

She did say that the city was supposed to receive two weeks’ to a month’s advance notice of when children would start being transferred to the Greensboro center.

Vaughan said, “They are supposed to be in Greensboro for a short period of time. I don’t expect these children to be here longer than three weeks.”

Vaughan said, “I understand the frustration about the process and the concern about all of the money that has been spent and the center doesn’t even have children there yet. I share those concerns. It’s all our federal tax money being spent.”

Vaughan said that while she had not visited the property lately, city staff has, with the Engineering and Inspections Department as well as the Fire Department inspecting and approving the work that has been done on the facility. She said that the Guilford County Health Department had also been involved.

She said, “So while I haven’t been, there have been local eyes on the project. It’s not our project so I can’t go out there at will.”

Vaughan noted that the Office of Refugee Resettlement did have an email address where people could ask questions and are supposed to get an answer within 48 hours.

That email address is PIO–

According to the ORR website:, both the Pecos Children’s Center in Pecos, Texas, and the Dimmit County Children’s Center in Carrizo Springs, Texas, are currently housing no children. The facility at Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas, was operating as an influx care facility for children but has now been closed.