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Ft. Bliss could house immigrant children separated from parents

Under the plan, Ft. Bliss would be one of three Texas military installations to house minors who arrive at the border without an adult relative, or after the government has separated them from their parents.

Several news outlets report the Trump Administration is preparing to make Fort Bliss in El Paso the home for migrant children whose parents cross the border illegally.

Under the plan, Ft. Bliss would be one of three Texas military installations to house minors who arrive at the border without an adult relative, or after the government has separated them from their parents.

The Washington Post and the Hill report that the Defense Department notified Pentagon staffers that the Department of Health and Human Services will visit the military centers over the next week to evaluate whether they can shelter children.

The centers being considered are Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Goodfellow in San Angelo, and Dyess in Abilene.

A Health and Human Services official told the Post that their facilities to house migrant children are at 91 percent capacity and the Trump administration’s crackdown plans could push thousands more children into government care.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you, as required by law.”

This wouldn’t be the first time that military centers are used to house migrant children, though. In 2014, the Obama administration temporarily used bases in Oklahoma, Texas, and California to house about 7,000 children.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the visits to the centers are preliminary and an email states “No decisions have been made at this time.”

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