The Story Repeats Itself: Feds to House Central American Aliens in Military Bases

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By Joe Guzzardi

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March 7, 2016
Border Patrol: Central American alien crisis is “orchestrated.”

The Obama administration, once again overwhelmed by the flow of Central American illegal alien children, is scrambling to find room to house them. U.S. Border and Customs Protection said that the latest total of minors caught at the southern border has more than doubled from last year’s number, and is expected to increase again this year to record-breaking levels.

The Washington Examiner reported that Alabama U.S. Rep. Martha Roby received a Pentagon memo advising her and others in Congress that an emergency plan may place the children at six military bases.

They are: Tyndall Air Force Base, FL (nearest city: Panama City, FL), Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND (nearest cities: Emerado, ND and Grand Forks, ND), Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, PA (nearest city: Philadelphia, PA), Hanscom Air Force Base, MA (nearest city: Bedford, MA) and Travis Air Force Base, CA (nearest city: Fairfield, CA). Another 1,600 beds are being set aside at the Homestead Job Corps in Florida and the Denver Federal Campus in Lakewood.

Roby received the following from the Pentagon:

“The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS is expanding its capacity to provide shelter for the current influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S. Southern Border. This temporary increased shelter capacity is a prudent step needed to ensure ORR meets its statutory responsibility to provide shelter for the unaccompanied children referred to its care and to assist CBP in ensuring that the U.S. Border Patrol continues its vital national security mission to prevent illegal migration and trafficking, and to protect the borders of the United States.”

Please call your representative to proactively object. Call even if your district hasn’t been targeted. With no end in sight to the flow of alien minors, your city could be next. Use the talking points Rep. Roby made in her letter:

“A military base is no place to house illegal immigrant children. Bases like Maxwell [and the other five] are engaged in real military activities – training, education, cyber warfare – many times in classified settings that are very sensitive. Their mission does not need to be distracted by housing, feeding and securing hundreds of detainees.”

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