DOD will begin building tent encampments shortly at two Texas installations to house up to 12,000 migrants, with Fort Bliss sheltering migrant families and Goodfellow AFB caring for migrant children. The military will start putting up the tents after July 4 before turning the task over to contractors, reports NPR. The request comes on top of a previous one for the military to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at the nation’s southern border, reports Time magazine. … New York lawmakers have secured $1 million in the state’s 2018-2019 budget to support reuse efforts at the former Griffiss AFB and the military missions still located there, reported the Utica Observer-Dispatch. Griffiss Local Development Corp. will receive $500,000 to help with the construction of a new headquarters location for NYSTEC, a nonprofit technology consulting organization; Oneida County will get $450,000 to support the unmanned aerial systems test facility at Griffiss International Airport, an FAA-designated test site for integrating UASs into the national airspace; and the Central New York Defense Alliance will receive $50,000 for daily operations.
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