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Thousands of beds set up at Fort Bliss to handle surge of migrants

Fort Bliss (Photo: KFOX14/CBS4)
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El Paso will have thousands of beds ready for unaccompanied migrant children, according to Senator John Cornyn.

The Texas senator said in a tweet that 5,000 beds will be available at Fort Bliss.

This comes after the Defense Department announced it will house migrant children and teenagers at military bases in San Antonio and El Paso.

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Several locations in Texas have had to prepare for the surge of migrants, including many unaccompanied minors, arriving at the border in recent weeks.

Many Republicans are blaming the Biden administration for the "crisis at the border."

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the White House effort to tackle the migration challenge at the U.S. southern border and work with Central American nations to address root causes of the problem.

Harris is tasked with overseeing diplomatic efforts to deal with issues spurring migration in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as pressing them to strengthen enforcement on their own borders, administration officials said. She’s also tasked with developing and implementing a long-term strategy that gets at the root causes of migration from those countries.

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