US considers housing immigrant children at military bases

Three bases in Texas and one in Arkansas are being considered to house immigrant children who are caught traveling unaccompanied

By Rafael Bernal
The Hill

The federal government is looking into using military bases to house immigrant minors who are either caught traveling unaccompanied or separated from their families after crossing the southwest border illegally.

Three of the bases are in Texas: Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army base near El Paso; Dyess Air Force Base, near Abilene; and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo. Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas will also be reviewed.

While immigrants who are caught crossing the border illegally are arrested by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents, unaccompanied minors are turned over to HHS for placement in foster homes or appropriate installations, rather than DHS detention centers.

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