US troops will build tent 'facilities' to lodge at least 7,500 adult migrants

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U.S. Soldiers and airmen assemble the framework for a tent at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., November 4, 2018. Various military branches are deployed as support to local Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in support of Operation Faithful Patriot.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Keion Jackson).

The U.S. military will build 'facilities' to house at least 7,500 adult migrants, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to construct the facilities, said Pentagon spokesman Army Maj. Chris Mitchell.


Toward that end, the Defense Department will loan the civil authorities soft tents, which the military will set up at locations identified by the Department of Homeland Security, Mitchell said.

"Military personnel will not operate the facilities and will only erect the tents," Mitchell said. "Operating the facilities remains the responsibility of DHS."

Over the next two weeks, defense officials will conduct site assessments to figure out the cost and timeline for building the facilities in Tucson and Yuma, Arizona; and Tornillo, Donna, Laredo, and Del Rio, Texas, he said.

The migrants will be held at the facilities as part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal operations, Mitchell said.

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