Skip to comments.Feds could tap JBLM to house minors detained at U.S.-Mexico border
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 Inslees 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, Inslees 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 Tucsons 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.
Invaders become the “new army”...swell /s
He likes to do things "under the radar."
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.
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.
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 - _______
Maybe this is what all those FEMA camps were built for... /s
asbestos and lead paint lawsuits coming in 3..2..1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You could be right,I never thought about that.
Active Duty babysitting ping.
I’m no lawyer, but with what I understand, I think Posse Comitatus could be invoked. A long shot, I know.
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.
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.
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