Tennessee licensed migrant shelter in Chattanooga a year before outrage, national calls for transparency

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / The old Tennessee Temple Dorm building is seen on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
photo Staff photo by Troy Stolt / The old Tennessee Temple Dorm building is seen on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services approved a license for a Chattanooga shelter to house unaccompanied migrant children a year ago, before Gov. Bill Lee and other state officials this month expressed outrage about the transport of migrant youth through the state to shelters like the one near downtown.

Last week, Lee joined demands from members of Tennessee's Congressional delegation for more transparency about the movement of migrant children after WRCB aired video of children being transported from the Chattanooga airport to regional shelters.

On Twitter, the governor wrote he had "called on the administration to secure the border & stop scattering children across the country."

But,