GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- The call came in Thursday.

A handful of Grand Prairie residents called the school district and city hall, wondering who left this message on their home answering machines: As you may know, the Grand Prairie Independent School District is actively working on a proposal from the Obama administration to convert Grand Prairie ISD's Lamar Alternative Education facility into a relocation center for undocumented immigrants being relocated from the Texas/Mexico border.

The message went on to tell those who received it to share feedback or ask questions by calling the GPISD School Board President Terry Brooks. Then it repeated a phone number to reach him. It is not a working number, but it used to be Brooks' home number.

That message did not come from us, said GPISD spokesman Sam Buchmeyer. We know this issue is polarizing and there are strong opinions on both sides, so when we heard there was a phone call going out into the community, it's not that we were surprised. We thought it was unusual, and we're concerned people were confusing it for one of our messages.

Buchmeyer said the district is not taking any action, but is hoping people understand the call did not come from them.

In early July, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins proposed opening shelters for at least 2,000 of the undocumented immigrant children who've crossed into Texas without a parent. Grand Prairie's Lamar School is one of the potential sites, but federal authorities have not yet approved the plan.


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