As military bases across the nation gear up to handle President Obama’s directive to house illegal children, mostly from Latin America, NBC released information today indicating the number of those immigrant children this year alone could reach between 60,000 and 90,000; numbers almost as staggering as child-refugees leaving war-torn Syria.
The Department of Homeland Security has asked the administration to appropriate an additional $160 million, over the already allotted $2.3 billion, to cover the costs of the program, estimated to be $252 per day, per child.
While details and finances get hammered out in Washington, D.C., more emergency shelters are being called into service for the unaccompanied teenagers, most of whom fall under a law passed by Pres. George W. Bush in 2008, giving illegal Latino children crossing into the United States from non-contiguous countries special consideration.
Unaccompanied Canadian and Mexican children, by law, are returned at the border. Unaccompanied children from other countries are turned over to Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee and Resettlement within 72 hours. Often, they are given a court date and are never seen again.
Currently, Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., Joint Base San Antonio, (formerly known as Lackland Air Force Base) and Naval Base Ventura, have been directed to accommodate the teenagers. An unnamed Army post in New York could also be used to warehouse the children.
Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer has another concern. She released a statement last week suggesting the Department of Homeland Security was transporting "thousands of illegal aliens and releasing them at bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix."
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