Monday, May 21, 2018

Feds Eye Military Housing as Fix for ‘Catch and Release’

The Associated Press
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are visiting four military bases to see if they can be used to house young migrants while their migrant parents’ deportation and asylum cases are processed, according to The Hill.
The military housing would help officials end the “catch and release” policy which allows waves of migrants with children into the United States whenever they overwhelm underfunded border and courtroom resources. The Hill reported:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials are due to visit land parcels on four separate military installations to determine whether they are suitable to house undocumented minors, according to an internal Department of Defense email reviewed by The Hill. 
Three of the bases are in Texas: Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army base near El Paso; Dyess Air Force Base, near Abilene; and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo. Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas will also be reviewed.
HHS officials will only be making a preliminary assessment of the bases and no decisions on whether to go ahead with the plan have been made, according to the email.
Under current law, HHS is responsible for housing children and youths who are detained by DHS when they cross the border.
Read the rest from Neil Munro HERE.

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