Fort Sill to host children of illegal immigrants

Fort Sill to host children of illegal immigrants

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and state lawmakers are responding to Fort Sill being selected as a location to host children of illegal immigrants.

Fort Sill was chosen by  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as one of three locations in the country that will house the unaccompanied children, joining Joint Base San Antonio in Texas and Naval Base Ventura County in California.

According to a release from Fort Sill, the children were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the southern U.S. border. They're currently in the care of Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, along with Representative James Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe, have expressed outrage about the decision, with all three putting the blame squarely on President Barack Obama.

“The recent, single-year influx of unaccompanied minors from foreign countries into the United States is a direct result of President Obama’s policies of encouraging amnesty and failing to enforce existing immigration laws,” said Lankford.

"Our nation has an immigration problem and a national security crisis, but I don't believe the answer is for our military facilities to be transformed into a center that houses, feeds, and cares for illegal immigrants. This only encourages parents to send their children unaccompanied over the border and, with the average-aged child being between 13 and 17, it exposes our military facilities to unknown security concerns," said Inhofe.

"The Obama administration today (Friday) informed the state of Oklahoma that Fort Sill will be housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied minors who came into this country illegally. While they have assured my office this arrangement is temporary, the Obama administration continues to fail in its duty to protect our borders and continues to promote policies that encourage, rather than discourage, illegal immigration. I am dismayed by what appears to be an endless cycle of illegal immigration, temporary housing and eventual amnesty for those who have broken our laws. Today's news is the latest in a long line of policy missteps that the American people are paying for," Governor Fallin said.

Fort Sill is expected to take in between 600 and 1200 children temporarily and they will be taken care of by ACF. A facility at Fort Sill, typically used by soldiers and apart from main post, will offer sleeping quarters, bathing and toilet facilities, and gathering areas.

The children are expected to begin arriving this week.
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