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Two bases selected to house migrant detainees

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 15:48:12-04

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska. -- The Trump administration has selected an Army base and an Air Force Base to house detained migrants swept up during the government’s crackdown on illegal immigration, according to the Associated Press.

Officials said, on the condition of anonymity, that shelter would be provided at Fort Bliss and Goodfellow Air Force Base. Camp Pendleton was not one of the bases mentioned by the report.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday that two bases were selected, but didn’t identify them. The Pentagon originally talked about four potential bases, but Mattis said there were only two.

The Pentagon said last week that it was asked to prepare to shelter as many as 20,000 unaccompanied children.

One official said one of the bases would house unaccompanied children and the other would shelter families of migrant detainees.

The Department of Defense plans to provide the land but the operations would be run by other agencies, under the agreement.