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Up To 20,000 Migrant Children Could Be Sheltered On US Military Bases Starting Soon
The Defense Department has been asked to find room on military bases to accommodate up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children, said chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.
The request came on Thursday from the Department of Health & Human Services, White said in a statement. HHS has visited three military bases in Texas and one in Arkansas, but that does not mean that any of the children will be lodged there, she said.
“Secretary Mattis' guidance has been clear: that the DoD will support our federal partners,” White said.
The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that the Pentagon had received the request to shelter the migrant children on military bases. A U.S. official told Task & Purpose that construction on facilities for the children could begin in early July.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on June 20 that the U.S. military has housed refugees before.
“We have housed people thrown out of their homes by earthquakes and hurricanes,” Mattis said. “We do whatever is in the best interest of the country.”
Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, condemned efforts to lodge migrant children on military bases.
“I will continue to do everything I can to stop this administration’s inhumane policy toward children and their families,” Smith, of Washington, said in a statement to T&P.; “It’s unconscionable that we are even in this position in the first place and we must hold the federal government accountable for the care of children within their custody.”
Separately, the Defense Department is detailing 21 military attorneys to the Justice Department for up to six months to prosecute illegal immigrants, with a focus on misdemeanor improper entry and felony illegal reentry cases, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday.
President Trump recently reversed a Justice Department policy that required migrant children to be separated from their parents. The backlash against holding young children in cages was so intense that some governors vowed not to send National Guardsmen from their state to support the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to guard the U.S./Mexico border.
“We are fortunate to have the support of many governors who care about national security, preventing entry of gang members, illegal drugs and protecting the American worker,” DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman told T&P; in an email.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.
(Reuters Health) - While army suicides have historically decreased during wartime, that trend appears to have reversed in recent decades, a new study of U.S. records finds.
Researchers poring over nearly 200 years of data found that unlike earlier times when there was a decline in suicide rates among U.S. Army soldiers during and just after wars, the rate has risen significantly since 2004, according to the report in JAMA Network Open.
The Navy relieved a decorated explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officer on Thursday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy announced on Friday.