The Department of Health and Human Services has asked the Pentagon if they have 20,000 beds to spare because they need a place to put undocumented children. Four military bases are expected to answer the call and begin providing barracks space and tents for the kids beginning in July and likely lasting the remainder of the year.
It’s unclear which military bases would be used to house the children. HHS has assessed four military bases as prospective housing for child migrants.
Three are in Texas: Fort Bliss, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Dyess Air Force Base. The fourth is Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. It’s not clear whether other bases are under consideration.
It isn’t yet known whether the children will be housed with their families because the Department of Health and Human Services only handles the children, both those that were separated and those that crossed the border unaccompanied. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for the adult detainees.
Listen to the broadcast, “Military Asked To Provide 20,000 Beds For Detained Immigrant Children” posted by NPR on June 21, 2018