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Offbeat Military bases eyed as site for tent cities to house migrant children, report says

17:50  13 june  2018
17:50  13 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children

  Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children .<p>The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention. The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans.</p>WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention.

The Trump administration is considering erecting tent cities at military posts around Texas to house the growing number of migrant children separated from their parents, McClatchy reports .

"That child will be separated from you as required by law," Sessions said at the time. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle Department of Health and Human Services officials are reportedly visiting military bases in Texas and Arkansas to determine whether they're fit to house migrant children .

a group of people standing in a room: In this 2014 file photo, detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border in Karnes City, Texas.© Eric Gay, AP In this 2014 file photo, detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border in Karnes City, Texas.

The Trump administration is considering erecting tent cities at military posts around Texas to house the growing number of migrant children separated from their parents, McClatchy reports.

In the coming weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss Army base near El Paso as a potential tent city for between 1,000 and 5,000 children, McClatchy reports, citing U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans.

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To be sure, military bases have been used to house migrant children in the past – including during the Obama administration, although Obama-era officials who spoke with NBC predictably said they only housed children at military bases as a “last resort.”

Dallas City Hall. Three military bases in Texas and one in Arkansas are being considered to house migrant children whose parents cross the border illegally, a sign that the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to separate families in the border crackdown.

HHS officials confirmed they are looking at Fort Bliss, along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo as sites for temporary shelters, the news service said.

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The Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS is responsible for looking after more than 11,200 migrant children being held without a parent or guardian. Some 100 existing shelters, however, are now 95% full.

The number of migrant children held in U.S. government custody without their parents has increased more than 20% as a result of a new "zero-tolerance" policy by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. That policy directs the Border Patrol to refer all people caught crossing the border illegally for criminal prosecution, regardless of their situation.

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The US government is reportedly planning to build tent cities to house thousands of migrant children separated from their families after entering the country. The Trump administration is considering erecting temporary shelters at military bases to accommodate the growing number of

Obama eyes 6 military bases to house surge of illegal immigrants. Mexican officials have aided a "Holy Week" caravan of over 1,000 migrants headed to the U.S. border to demand Easter asylum, according to reports .

As a result, children traveling with parents caught at the border are forcibly removed and placed into government care while their parents face criminal charges in court.

Some HHS officials say the children are placed in an appropriate setting while a sponsor can be found to care for them while their immigration case proceeds. The officials argue that the policy helps protect the border while preventing children from falling into the hands of traffickers, according to McClatchy.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families have been taken into custody since 2014, when a surge of Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan mothers and children crossed into the U.S., fleeing violence and poverty.

The unaccompanied children are generally turned over to family or held in an HHS shelter, like a detention center or tent city. Now, children who arrive with their parents are also being separated from them and sent to HHS shelters or sponsor families, leading to the problem of overcrowding.

Avenatti offers legal services to migrant parents who have been separated from their children .
Michael Avenatti on Sunday offered legal services to migrant parents who have been separated from their children at the U.S. southern border. "If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight. This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end," Avenatti said in a tweet. "If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight. This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end," Avenatti said in a tweet.

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