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Texas Military Sites Will Temporarily House Migrant Children

Fort Bliss and Lackland Air Force Base will be used to hold around 5,000 beds for unaccompanied migrant children.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is coordinating with the Defense Department to use property on Fort Bliss and Lackland Air Force Base to hold around 5,000 beds for unaccompanied migrant children. The Defense Department announced Wednesday that it approved HHS’s request to temporarily house migrant children at the two military sites. “From the start, we were working under very constrained conditions,” said Cindy Huang, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, adding that COVID-19 reduced any facility’s capacity by 40 percent. According to government data, 4,962 children were in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities while 11,551 children were in HHS custody as of Tuesday. CNN Politics 

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