A Pentagon spokesman advised VOA on Friday that the entire paperwork had been accomplished for Goodfellow Air Pressure Base in Texas to start out constructing detention services for unaccompanied minors caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, “if wanted.”
That paperwork consists of an environmental evaluation of the bottom grounds and memorandums of understanding from each the Pentagon and the Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) detailing how the bottom can be used and secured, mentioned the spokesman, Military Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis.
Final month, HHS requested the U.S. navy to organize to shelter hundreds of undocumented migrants, together with as many as 20,000 kids, whereas the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) requested the erection of tents at three separate services for as much as four,000 folks.
The Pentagon provided Goodfellow for HHS to carry unaccompanied minors and Fort Bliss, additionally in Texas, for DHS to carry detained households.
As of June, a minimum of 11,800 “unaccompanied minor kids” have been in custody at about 100 shelters in 14 states, in keeping with HHS. A few of these have been separated from their mother and father after the implementation of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” coverage of detaining all undocumented border-crossers.
The administration won’t want Goodfellow till shelter beds are projected to replenish. If that occurs, HHS might want to ship a “letter of intent” to the Pentagon, which might then give the navy 45 days to finish development of detention services at Goodfellow.
In June, U.S. Customs and Border Safety reported 5,115 kids and 28,999 adults have been detained on the southern US border.
“If HHS submits a letter of intent, that’s when the services can be constructed, however till that occurs, we can’t construct something,” Pentagon spokesman Davis advised VOA.