From Conservative Tribune: The Obama administration recently instructed the Pentagon to assess the possibility of using Fort Hood to house minors who enter illegally into the United States from Mexico without a parent, according to Fox News
In response to this potential plan, two Texas lawmakers wrote to the president, urging him to reconsider the idea.
John Carter and Roger Williams, both Republican congressmen, were concerned namely because their districts include parts of the 215,000-acre military base.
“We strongly urge your administration not to house illegal immigrants on any military base,” the Dec. 16 letter read.
But the congressmen didn’t stop there, as they took the opportunity to further express their grievances with the president over the immigration crisis.
“Furthermore, your administration should commit to securing the border and focus your efforts on reuniting these children with their families in their native countries,” the letter continued.
“As members of Congress who represent Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the United States, we ask you to reaffirm that our military installations exist to project power around the world and to serve our men and women in uniform and their families — not house illegal immigrants,” they wrote.
Fort Hood is home to around 50,000 military and civilian personnel. Carter called using it to house illegal immigrants “outrageous.”
“It is outrageous that this administration would even consider using our military installations to shelter illegal immigrants who have crossed our southern border,” Carter said. “President Obama needs to enforce our immigration laws and secure our border, not undermine our military at a time when our country is facing increased threats from radical Islamic terrorists.
But Fort Hood wouldn’t be the first military base to be used as shelter for illegal immigrant kids. When the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border spiked last year, thousands of them were housed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in Texas, Naval Base Ventura County, in California, and at Fort Sill, in Oklahoma.
More than 10,000 unaccompanied minor children have streamed into the United States over the Mexican border since Oct. 1, and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Relocation is required to take control of unaccompanied children once they enter the country.
In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, Rep. Williams said Fort Hood “is a military base, not a daycare center,” and raised safety concerns about children being on a military base that includes gun ranges.
The lawmakers are right — it’s a military base with a specific mission that does not include taking care of illegal immigrant children just because this administration can’t get its act together and secure the border.
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