WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WNEW/AP) — Prince William County is seeking details from the federal government on immigrant children being housed in the county after crossing the border into the U.S. unaccompanied.

Corey Stewart, chairman of the county’s board of supervisors, says the federal government failed to inform the county that an unknown number of children have been sent to stay at a private facility in Bristow. At a board meeting Tuesday, he directed the county executive to seek more details from the feds.

WJLA-TV reports that Stewart, an opponent of illegal immigration, expressed sympathy for the kids who have crossed the border, but nevertheless feels they need to be sent back home. He said the children could strain the school system and bring communicable diseases.

Other counties in the Washington area are also concerned with the influx of children entering the country illegally.

A Maryland sheriff says he’s visiting the U.S-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, is joining sheriffs from across the nation this week at the U.S. border with Mexico. The sheriffs say they are on a “fact-finding mission” sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Washington-based group advocates a temporary moratorium on almost all immigration until America develops a comprehensive immigration reform strategy.

Under Jenkins’ management, Frederick County deputies have been trained to check the immigration status of people they arrest.

The Republican sheriff has pushed for a state law that would require local police to question the immigration status of people they suspect may be here illegally.

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