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    Trump administration considers Texas sites for tent cities for immigrant children

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering several Texas military bases as sites for tent cities to house thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents, per McClatchy.

    BY CLAIRE PARKER AND JULIÁN AGUILAR JUNE 12, 2018 UPDATED: 6 HOURS AGO

    Texas may soon be the site of tent cities that will house immigrant children separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, McClatchy reported Tuesday.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is eyeing Fort Bliss, an Army base close to El Paso, as a potential location for a cluster of temporary shelters that could house between 1,000 and 5,000 children, McClatchy reported. The department is also considering Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo.

    Thousands of immigrant children have been separated from their parents in the wake of the new policy, which U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April. The policy requires immigration authorities to prosecute adults who enter the country illegally seeking asylum, while children are placed in shelters or with families. The tent city proposal is the Department of Health and Human Services' latest idea for housing the growing number of children under their care, who are quickly filling shelters.

    The department did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

    U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat who represents Fort Bliss, could not confirm the report late Monday afternoon.

    “We have nothing confirmed about where or if military bases will be used for certain," he said. "But, I first and foremost am opposed to this policy of family separation."

    “This is absolutely the wrong thing for our country to be doing, and I would hate to see us continue this," he added. "The prospect of building tents or using resources at military installations is just wrong.”

    O'Rourke, who is running for the U.S. Senate, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees military policy.

    Six Democratic state lawmakers from the El Paso area sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Scott Lloyd, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, raising concerns about the tent city idea.

    "The clear purpose of military bases is for armed services operations and housing of military personnel, not for housing immigrant children forcibly taken from their parents," the letter reads.

    The lawmakers — state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Reps. Joe Pickett, Mary González, Joe Moody, César Blanco and Evelina Ortega — particularly expressed worry that a temporary shelter at a military base could resemble a detention center, which could harm the children's mental health.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the lawmakers gathered at the federal courthouse in the border city to decry the pending move and urged the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider its policies.

    "Military bases should be used for armed services — I know [because] I served there," said Blanco, a Navy veteran who trained at Fort Bliss. "We're concerned that temporary ORR shelters at military bases may resemble baby jails and detention centers."

    Moody and González said they would do whatever was in their power as state lawmakers to make sure that the facility at Fort Bliss is adhering to current regulations that address child detention.

    "Anytime that you're housing children, your main concern has to be how are they being cared for, are you tending to the medical needs, their emotional needs," Moody said. "And so, if we're going to take that task on, is a military installation the best environment for that?"

    When reminded that the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama housed immigrant children at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Moody said he felt the same way then.

    "It wouldn't change my opinion one way or the other," he said.

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    Beezer!!! Lookey here!!! They're looking into TENT CITIES!!!!

    YIPPEE!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Beezer!!! Lookey here!!! They're looking into TENT CITIES!!!!

    YIPPEE!!!!!



    BEEZERS BARRACKS!!!!

    Send them to Federal Tent City on Federal Land

    Process every illegal alien UNDER THE AGE OF 18 and deport them into the care and custody of THEIR countries authorities within 48 hours! Let their country house and feed them and hand them over to their relatives there! That is the best outcome for these children!

    Do NOT release them on our soil, stop this human trafficking.

    Every illegal alien OVER THE AGE OF 18...put them in Federal Tent City on Federal Land and let a panel of Judges sentence them to 30, 60, 90 day or longer then deport them on the spot with NO chance to ever come back!

    No rights to stay! No asylum!

    Cut off ALL foreign aid to Mexico, Central America, Africa, Haiti and the countries dumping their people over our border!


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    You did it, Beezer!! You got them to consider tent cities on the border!! I know it was you, I know it was your posts that did it, THEY ARE READING OUR POSTS!!!!

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    ALL foreign citizens who violate OUR Federal Immigration and Visa Laws need to go to Federal Tent City

    OUT of the local and state jurisdictions, out of their courts and out of their jails and prisons!

    That includes ALL refugees, TPS, illegal aliens, asylum, those who lied to get citizenship, visa overstays, those here on work visa's and all criminals who fall under our Federal Laws Immigration and Citizenship Laws!

    Stop these Judges from releasing these criminals back onto our streets

    Process them, serve time or get deported on the spot! NO chance to ever come back!

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
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