• Ft. Bliss to House Unaccompanied Children Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border

    Ft. Bliss to House Unaccompanied Children Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border0

    Starting next week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will open a facility at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, to house unaccompanied children apprehended crossing the nation’s southern border. The facility will have the capacity for 1,800 beds, but the actual number of children who will stay there is difficult to predict, according to HHS spokesman Toby Merkt. Earlier this year, HHS used facilities at Holloman Air Force Base to house unaccompanied minors, but the department placed that facility on reserve status after the last group of children housed at the Alamogordo, N.M., installation were relocated at the end of February …

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  • Drop in Border-Crossing Minors Curbs Demand for Space at Military Bases

    Drop in Border-Crossing Minors Curbs Demand for Space at Military Bases0

    The need for military installations to house unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border has subsided following a decline in the number of minors detained by the federal government since the beginning of the year. Facilities at Holloman Air Force Base have been placed in reserve status after the last group of children housed at the Alamogordo, N.M., installation were relocated at the end of February. No military bases are currently housing unaccompanied children, according to DOD. “No more unaccompanied children will be sent to Holloman unless needed and pending availability,” said a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement …

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  • Border-Crossing Minors Arrive at Holloman AFB

    Border-Crossing Minors Arrive at Holloman AFB0

    About 250 unaccompanied children caught crossing the United States’ southern border arrived at Holloman Air Force Base in south central New Mexico earlier this week. This first group of children taken to Holloman are part of the latest surge of undocumented minors fleeing gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. A total of 700 children will be temporarily housed in a vacant building previously used by the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron, reported the Alamogordo Daily News. Defense Secretary Ash Carter directed Holloman to be the first of three temporary shelters to open at DOD facilities; the other two are in Florida and Colorado …

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  • HHS Reviewing Six Bases to House Unaccompanied Minors

    HHS Reviewing Six Bases to House Unaccompanied Minors0

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is conducting site assessments at six military installations to potentially house unaccompanied children to accommodate the latest surge of undocumented children illegally crossing into the United States through the Mexican border, defense officials have told lawmakers. In an email to Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Matthew Rhoades, policy chief for DOD’s office of legislative affairs, said HHS will assess the viability of the following bases for use as a temporary shelter for unaccompanied children: Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (Gunter Annex), Ala.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Grand Forks AFB, N.D.; Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, Pa.; Hanscom AFB, Mass.; and Travis AFB, Calif.

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  • Obama Administration Again Looks to Military Bases to House Border-Crossing Minors

    Obama Administration Again Looks to Military Bases to House Border-Crossing Minors0

    For the second time in less than two years, the Obama administration is considering using military installations to house unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, according to lawmakers. The Department of Health and Human Services has asked for a total of 5,000 beds at military facilities to meet an increase in demand, said DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson. HHS, which would be responsible for overseeing and funding the operation, is considering six installations to house the minors …

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