Protesters blocked a bus at the immigration facility in McAllen, Texas.
President Trump has signed an executive order preventing children from being separated from their families who try to cross the border illegally. He then went a step farther and gave the order to no longer prosecute people trying to cross the border with children. But that is being ignored by anti-Trumpers, Democrats, and the media. Now the military is preparing to house tens of thousands of immigrants at bases in the United States.
Two U.S. defense officials have confirmed a report that the Navy is making plans to house potentially tens of thousands of migrants at bases in California, Alabama and Arizona, though an official request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still pending.
Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said: "The Department of Defense is conducting prudent planning and is looking nationwide at DoD installations should DHS ask for assistance in housing adult illegal immigrants. At this time there has been no request from DHS for DoD support to house illegal migrants”
The Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama and Arizona, escalating the military’s task in implementing President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy for people caught crossing the Southern border, according to a copy of a draft memo obtained by TIME.
The internal document, drafted for the Navy secretary’s approval, signals how the military is anticipating its role in Trump’s immigration crackdown. The planning document indicates a potential growing military responsibility in an administration caught flat-footed in having to house waves of migrants awaiting civilian criminal proceedings.
The Navy memo outlines plans to build “temporary and austere” tent cities to house 25,000 migrants at abandoned airfields just outside the Florida panhandle near Mobile, Ala.; at Navy Outlying Field Wolf in Orange Beach, Ala.; and nearby Navy Outlying Field Silverhill.
The memo also proposes a camp for as many as 47,000 people at former Naval Weapons Station Concord, near San Francisco; and another facility that could house as many as 47,000 people at Camp Pendleton, the Marines’ largest training facility, along the Southern California coast.
No plans have officially been announced by the administration, but this is a likely scenario to curb the problem of not knowing who is entering our country. Immigration reform bills could change everything, as soon as the Democrats actually let one pass.
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