Jun 12, 2019

Trump administration to use Army base to shelter migrant children

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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Acting Navy secretary resigns over handling of virus-infected ship

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after apologizing for comments he made about Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed after a letter he wrote pleading with the Navy to address the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt was leaked to the press. The resignation was first reported by Politico.

Why it matters: The controversy over Crozier's removal was exacerbated after audio leaked of Modly's address to the crew, in which he said Crozier was either "too naive or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this." After initially backing Modly's decision, President Trump said at a briefing Monday that he would "get involved."

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Pelosi calls for removal of acting Navy secretary

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for the firing or resignation of acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, following his decision to relieve Capt. Brett Crozier from his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week.

Why it matters: Pelosi said Modly "showed a serious lack of the sound judgment and strong leadership" in firing Crozier, who wrote a letter pleading for help in battling a coronavirus outbreak onboard the ship. The letter was leaked to the press, leading to Crozier's ouster.