(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.

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The Pentagon expects to deploy thousands more active-duty troops as part of the ongoing mission to the U.S./Mexico border, which is slated to last until September, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday.

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to lay more concertina wire and expand border surveillance, Shanahan said during a Pentagon news conference.

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The border mission with no name will continue past Christmas and through the end of January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday.

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

San Diego County could become a destination for tens of thousands of unauthorized immigrants to be housed indefinitely by the U.S. Government, under the zero-tolerance policy implemented by President Donald Trump.

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AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik.

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.

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Department of Defense photo/U.S. Army Spc. Michael V. May

I worked at an internment camp once. It was near Baghdad, on a small U.S. military base called Camp Cropper. As an enlisted Army medic, I spent most of that 15-month deployment sitting in an air-conditioned office, waiting for the phone to ring. The inmates were kept in chain-link enclosures outside. I’d usually get called out to treat an upset stomach or a headache. Less common, but not infrequent, were seizures, diabetic emergencies, and injuries sustained in fistfights. I kept my aid bag well-stocked with ammonia capsules, in case of fakers. Inmates often feigned unconsciousness in the hope of getting taken to the hospital, which was Club Med compared to the prison. When this happened, I’d plug a capsule into the inmate’s nose and hold his mouth shut. The only time this didn’t work, the guy was dead.

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