Supplying drinking water for unaccompanied minors apprehended at the nation’s southern border could prove to be one of the more taxing challenges as Goodfellow AFB makes plans to house up to 15,000 children and support personnel. San Angelo, Texas, which provides water to the installation, already is close to imposing drought restrictions. “[The base’s housing plan is] a matter we’re giving careful assessment to and discussing with federal officials,” said city spokesman Anthony Wilson. “We are relying on the Defense Department and HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] to give us some idea about how much water may be needed.”
A draft report issued by Goodfellow’s 17th Training Wing found that the plan to house immigrant children there would not generate any significant impacts, reports Stars and Stripes. The report described plans to build temporary housing structures for up to 7,500 children and additional work facilities for up to 7,500 HHS employees on 70 acres of the 1,235-acre base. On Base reported earlier that up to 20,000 minors would be housed at Goodfellow. The installation would construct a new gate to allow support personnel to more easily access the children’s shelter.
Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee Democrats have sent a letter to their GOP counterparts urging them to conduct oversight of the administration’s plan to house migrants at military bases.