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HHS asks Pentagon to help house unaccompanied minors at 2 military locations in Texas, including Fort Bliss

A silhouette of a migrant child holding their mother's hand.
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A silhouette of a migrant child holding their mother's hand.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has asked the Pentagon to help house unaccompanied minors at two military locations in Texas, ABC News reports. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the request had come in Tuesday afternoon and that DOD would have to evaluate the request.

Kirby told ABC News at his ongoing on-camera news conference that he did not have many details, but that HHS had asked the Pentagon to house unaccompanied minors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas and Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

“What I can tell you is we have a request and those are the two sites that HHS just asked for support from,” said Kirby.

“We’ll have to analyze it and evaluate it just like we would any other request for assistance,” said Kirby.

Kirby said he does not yet know how many minors would be housed at each facility, but promised to provide that later. He acknowledged that JBSA-Lackland had been site surveyed last week, a step that precedes any request from HHS.

Brittany Carlock



  1. How about “no.” Send them home. Reunite them with their loving families (that paid coyotes to smuggle them while exposing them to horrific conditions in hopes that they’ll be able to reunite with them in the US) in their home countries.

  2. No crisis. No need for extra housing.

    “dont come, we will not deport you but dont come. We are working on bills that will give you amnesty but dont come. IT IS ALL TRUMP’S FAULT, he did all this.”

  3. We welcome workers and taxpayer contributors versus stay at home gringos sucking the US taxpayer nipple double dipping on the backs of American workers. Madmike/Jeff Allen/nadodave/original maga/K1DPR/ erc

    1. Let’s do some comparisons, alberto!
      1. The Syrian shooter was a racist – You are a racist too!
      2. The Syrian shooter threatened people – You threaten people through your aliases!
      3. The Syrian shooter seethed with hate for anyone not from his race – You do the same thing!
      4. The Syrian shooter had severe mental issues – So do you!
      5. The Syrian shooter should not have been allowed to possess a gun – Neither should you!


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