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Immigrant kids’ shelter to resume admitting children

March 1, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The largest provider of shelters for immigrant children says it’s now allowed to let kids in to one of its Arizona locations after the state barred it from admitting any more children last year.

Southwest Key says the state has allowed it to resume accepting children immediately at a shelter known as Lighthouse.

The Texas-based organization was forced to close two locations and to stop accepting new kids after failing to get fingerprint clearance from all employees on time.

The state health department began investigating Southwest Key last summer after several allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.

Geraldo Rivera, vice president of immigrant children’s services, said Southwest Key has examined every part of its Arizona operations and has worked closely with experts to improve its mission.

The state health department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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