Jun 12, 2019

Trump administration to use Army base to shelter migrant children

Children who trekked for over a month within a caravan of Central American migrants.

Migrant children at a temporary shelter on the Mexican side of the southern border. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration has chosen an Army base at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to temporarily house growing numbers of unaccompanied migrant children, the Military Times first reported Tuesday.

Details: The administration is considering a customs port in southern New Mexico as another option as the Office of Refugee Resettlement said it'd received referrals for almost 41,000 children this fiscal year, according to AP. It's a rise of nearly 57% over the same period last year.

The big picture: Fort Sill can hold up to 1,400 children. It was last used to shelter unaccompanied children in 2014, per AP. The announcement comes after it was confirmed last week that a complex on government-leased land near the southern border in Carrizo Springs, Texas, would be used as a shelter for up to 1,600 teenage immigrants.

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