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USGovernment to use Army post in Oklahoma as emergency shelter for migrant kids

03:50  12 june  2019
03:50  12 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The government sends many of them to an emergency intake shelter in South Florida. That facility has come under intense scrutiny because it's the only child shelter for The Homestead "temporary influx facility" is the biggest and most controversial shelter for migrant children in the country.

While shelter beds in Phoenix go empty, groups wonder why Border Patrol overwhelms Yuma. "It’s almost as if" the federal government is "creating an inefficiency at best and a sense of chaos at Jeffrey Breazeale, who runs the Salvation Army 's migrant shelter in Yuma, said he was told the

Government to use Army post in Oklahoma as emergency shelter for migrant kids© Sue Ogrocki/AP, FILE A vehicle drives by a sign at Scott Gate, one of the entrances to Fort Sill, in Fort Sill, Okla., in this June 17, 2014 file photo.

Facing an unprecedented surge of refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration will open an emergency shelter at the Army's Fort Sill in Oklahoma for migrant children traveling without their parents.

The military post -- about 90 miles southwest from Oklahoma City and better known as the home of the Army's artillery branch and training -- will receive as many as 1,400 minors as early as next month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

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The federal government is opening a new mass shelter for migrant children near the U.S-Mexico border and is considering housing children on three The agency is also weighing using Army and Air Force bases in Georgia, Montana and Oklahoma to house an additional 1,400 kids in the coming

The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three The agency is also weighing using Army and Air Force bases in Georgia, Montana and Oklahoma to house an additional 1,400 kids in the coming

The use a military baseisn't unprecedented. In 2014, the agency used installations in Texas, Oklahoma and California to house 7,000 unaccompanied migrant children after other shelters hit capacity. But officials say the latest influx of families and children arriving at the southern border has taxed the program once again and forced some 2,000 kids to wait at Border Patrol stations beyond the 72-hour limit before they are transferred to a children's shelter.

Last week, HHS announced it planned to turn an apartment complex, once used by oil field workers in south Texas called "The Studios" at Carrizo Springs, Texas, into an emergency shelter for 1,600 children.

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The new emergency shelters come amid record-high levels of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, including some 11,000 kids who arrived at the border in the month of May without their parents. These "unaccompanied alien children," or UACs, are typically older children or teens, but can sometimes include younger children traveling as part of a group, who travel in the hopes of meeting up with parents and other relatives already inside the U.S. The kids often spend several weeks or even months in temporary shelters before they can be placed with a sponsor.

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Missouri Republican Roy Blunt said Congress needs to urgently approve emergency funding for the government program which takes care of migrant children in U.S. custody, calling on congressional Democrats to "step up" and sign-off on billions of funds requested by the Trump administration.

The federal government will turn an apartment complex once used by oil field workers in south Texas into an emergency shelter for 1,600 migrant kids who Weber said other several other military bases remain under consideration, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma , as a way of expanding capacity

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There are currently some 13,350 minors in HHS custody.

The agency's program also has come under severe financial strain in recent weeks, as Congress has yet to fulfill the Trump administration's request for $2.9 billion in emergency money to pay for the shelters. As a result of the influx and lack of money, HHS said last week it was canceling education and recreational services for the kids. The program is expected to run out of money later this month, unless Congress approves the money.

Government to use Army post in Oklahoma as emergency shelter for migrant kids© Wilfredo Lee/AP, FILE Children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla., Feb. 19, 2019.

Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan has urged Congress to act on the spending request, noting the 2,000 kids waiting at Border Patrol stations. HHS has said previously that shelter capacity was tight but not maxed out and that no child would be turned away if transported to its shelters.

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The government -contracted shelter has been coping not only with the challenge of housing more youths, but also trying to weed out adults posing as youths (it uses dental During the tour, similar to a press tour of emergency shelters for migrant youths at a Texas Air Force base in 2014, reporters

- A South Florida facility is housing migrant children as the controversy rages on over the government 's "zero tolerance" immigration policy Property near the Homestead Air Reserve Base is heavily guarded as it has been reactivated as an emergency shelter for migrant children stopped at

On Tuesday, HHS spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer confirmed that capacity for the program in recent days has topped 90 percent, and at one point went as high as 97 percent. The number fluctuates by the day as kids are placed with sponsors and are moved out of the program while others are processed upon arrival. One particular problem, she said, has been that certain shelters might have space but aren't a good fit for the age or gender of the child in need. Some shelters are designated for teen boys, for example, whereas others are better equipped to care for younger children.

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Democrats have criticized the facilities, which are often not subject to state child welfare licensing requirements because they are temporary emergency shelters. One such shelter, tent-like facilities in Tornillo, Texas, shuttered amid political pressure and protests. Many of those kids were shuttled to Homestead, Florida.

All children sent to Carrizo Springs and Fort Sill will reside in "hard-sided" facilities. Tent-like structures will only be used for support operations if necessary. Fort Sill will rely on existing infrastructure to house the children, officials said.

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