U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The U.S. Defense Department has been asked to provide shelter for as many as 12,000 undocumented immigrants and their children as part of an effort to keep families together, the Pentagon said late Wednesday.

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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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Defense Department photo / Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith.

Shortly before President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of migrant children from their parents Wednesday afternoon, reporters peppered Defense Secretary James Mattis with questions about whether the children would be lodged at U.S. military bases.

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Coast Guard photo / Telfair Brown.

The Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of undocumented border-crossers from their parents is “a disaster and it will get worse rapidly,” retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

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