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Feds could tap JBLM to house minors detained at U.S.-Mexico border
The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 6/24/2014 | ADAM ASHTON

Posted on 06/24/2014 7:29:40 AM PDT by llevrok

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is among the military installations that could be tapped temporarily to house some of the thousands of young Central American immigrants who have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, congressional sources said Monday.

Negotiations are still under way to place the minors in vacant housing at the South Sound base, said Kati Rutherford, spokeswoman for Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office also has been in touch with the Defense Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the proposal, a spokeswoman said.

“This is an urgent humanitarian situation, and though this is a federal response, we are monitoring the situation carefully,” said Jaime Smith, Inslee’s spokeswoman.

About 25,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 and about 60,000 are expected this year, overwhelming federal Health and Human Services facilities at the border, according to the agency.

So far, three military installations are helping house the children: Naval Base Ventura County in California, Fort Sill in Oklahoma and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. Officials have tried to make the quarters seem less institutional with touches such as bright blankets and bedspreads.

JBLM has some vacant housing in the form of World War II-era barracks that had been used in an annual ROTC exercise that was moved to Kentucky this year.

Defense Department personnel are not responsible for looking after the boys and girls at the installations where they are housed, according to press reports. The Department of Health and Human Services provides the security, food and medical needs of its young detainees on the military bases.

A Health and Human Services spokesman based in Washington, D.C., could not be reached for comment by deadline.

JBLM officials declined to comment on the negotiations.

Arizona Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain first disclosed the plan to move detained minors to Washington state in remarks Friday following a tour of a border patrol station in Nogales, Ariz.

He and other Republicans fault the Obama administration for sending a mixed message on immigration that McCain said encouraged Central American families to send their children north, according to press reports. He advocated more efforts to strengthen border security.

“Parents are sending their children thousands of miles, often times alone, to exploit a loophole in our immigration system,” McCain said, according to Tucson’s ABC 15. “They know if their children cross the border without them that they will be reunited with family in the United States.”

Officials in the Obama administration trace the influx of unaccompanied children at the border to drug-related violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The Obama administration last week announced a plan to spend $9.6 million helping Central American governments repatriate their citizens held in U.S. facilities. It also set aside $406.5 million for new security and justice-related measures in the three countries.

"This is a serious humanitarian issue,” Vice President Joe Biden said last week during a visit to Guatemala. “The current situation is not sustainable.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: aliens
A foreign invasion continues to be facilitated and assisted by our government.
1 posted on 06/24/2014 7:29:40 AM PDT by llevrok
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To: Baynative

WA ping


2 posted on 06/24/2014 7:30:05 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: llevrok

Invaders become the “new army”...swell /s


3 posted on 06/24/2014 7:34:07 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
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To: llevrok
Ubama is working on immigration reform "under the radar."

He likes to do things "under the radar."

4 posted on 06/24/2014 7:35:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: llevrok

Gitmo.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 7:35:44 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: llevrok
JBLM has some vacant housing in the form of World War II-era barracks that had been used in an annual ROTC exercise that was moved to Kentucky this year.

And shortly after that the human rights organizations will begin lawsuits accusing us of abusing children. Some child will die somehow and we will be charged with inhuman conditions and abuse.

6 posted on 06/24/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: llevrok

Send them to DC and dump them on the White House lawn, Moochelle can babysit them and force them to eat her ‘healthy lunches’.

They would go home on their own.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 7:38:50 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: llevrok
Obama Administration to-do list:

Create a 'humanitarian crisis' by encouraging illegal entry - check!

Play on people's emotions and decency by calling young adults 'children' - check!

Mix actual children in with said young and provide legal counsel for 'minors' so they can stay in the country despite their illegal entry - check!

Call all able illegal entrants to volunteer in Obama's Civilian Army - _______

8 posted on 06/24/2014 7:41:47 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: llevrok

Maybe this is what all those FEMA camps were built for... /s


9 posted on 06/24/2014 7:46:46 AM PDT by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: oldbrowser

asbestos and lead paint lawsuits coming in 3..2..1


10 posted on 06/24/2014 7:59:40 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: llevrok; Just Lori; Libertina; Publius; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; ...
WA Ping

The Tacoma Tea Party is watching this closely. Word is that it's possibly been happening for weeks and that where may be plans to set up special care centers and schools by August.

11 posted on 06/24/2014 8:57:51 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: silverleaf
I'm watching the hearings on c-span and they bring up that these children may be part of a drug cartel plan cause additional chaos on the border to facilitate drug traffic.

They also say that these children possibly will grow up to be like indentured servants to the cartels. They may be importing a sale and distribution system into this country.

We are so focused on the inept president that we don't realize that there are other players. This may be an invasion force. They send us children. We care for them, feed them, educated them and when they grow up they turn on us.

12 posted on 06/24/2014 9:35:46 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: llevrok
Republican Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, was defeated by a political novice who made immigration his number one campaign issue.

How did the GOP respond?

They elected Kevin McCarthy to Cantor's old job.

Kevin McCarthy received an immigration grade of “F-minus” from the Conservative website Numbers USA.

13 posted on 06/24/2014 12:50:30 PM PDT by zeestephen
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What happens when these children need medical care? Who is going to pay for that? With Inslee as governor, that will be paid by the state of WA taxpayers. I am in the San Juans on a boating trip. For the last 2 years, there was huge border patrol and Coast Guard presence. I was boarded once ( by the Coast Guard), and also questioned once by the sheriff ( who was also receiving homeland security funds). This irritated me, as I thought they should all be shipped to the southern border, where the real problem was. It also smacked of police state to me, I don’t like police searching through my boat. However, on this trip I did not see a single Coast Guard or sheriff boat. I suspect Obama is also leaving the border wide open in the north.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 5:29:22 PM PDT by kaila
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To: kaila

It’s possible that the “huge Border Patrol and Coast Guard presence” also related to marijuana smuggling from British Columbia.

Can’t help but notice the coincidence:

Washington state legalizes marijuana, then, the police presence disappears in the San Juan’s.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 8:37:54 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

You could be right,I never thought about that.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 10:11:16 PM PDT by kaila
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To: llevrok; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty babysitting ping.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 10:12:06 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I’m no lawyer, but with what I understand, I think Posse Comitatus could be invoked. A long shot, I know.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 10:21:14 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: llevrok; ExTexasRedhead
This is a Joint Base - it is for SERIOUS military business.

It is for reception, deploymnet, operational airlift, training, and for welcoming our heroes.

IT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO SERVE AS A WET NURSE FOR OBAMA's DISEASED RIDDLED GANG MEMBERS, MURDERERS, and RAPISTS.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 2:46:47 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: llevrok

No!!!!!!


20 posted on 06/25/2014 3:00:08 AM PDT by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: llevrok

Gotta love it, these clowns are now exposing our military and their families to 3rd world diseases. And JBLM is home to 2nd Ranger Bn and 1st Special Forces Group. Just makes you shake your head and wonder what these a$$clowns are thinking.


21 posted on 06/25/2014 5:34:15 AM PDT by mikefive (RLTW)
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To: mikefive
Just makes you shake your head and wonder what these a$$clowns are thinking.

They just gave a presentation locally about the impact of downsizing the military and JBLM's community.

Looks like Rep Heck (appropriate name) has found a way to keep the base head count up /sarc

22 posted on 06/25/2014 7:43:11 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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