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DHS requests troops to build tents for adult migrants

Posted: 2:58 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 17:58:52-04
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(KGTV) -- The Department of Homeland Security is requesting US troops build temporary facilities to house up to 7,500 detained migrant adults, according to ABC News .

The department would “loan and erect” the tents in support of ICE, the Pentagon told ABC.

"DOD will not provide detention or custodial support for detained aliens at these ICE detention facilities," a spokesperson for the Pentagon said. "ICE is responsible for detention or custodial support."

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The tents were requested at six locations along the border, but specific locations are unclear at this time.

The announcement comes as the Pentagon shifted $1.5 billion to a counter-drug account that will be used to build roughly 80 miles of border wall, according to ABC.

Currently, there are 4,000 active duty and national guard troops assisting US Customs and Border Protection along the border.