The Ministry of Health and Human Services said today that the camp is “actively considering”
San Miguel, California The US government is considering the possibility of placing immigrant children at the California National Guard base.
The Pentagon today approved the use of the Roberts camp for temporary accommodation for unaccompanied migrant children.
It is not clear whether the base on the banks of the Salinas River between Los Angeles and San Francisco will be used, or how many children will go there anyway.
The Ministry of Health and Human Services said today that the camp is under “active consideration” but has not yet made a final decision.
The office said in a statement: “When the department decides to activate a facility as an emergency shelter for unaccompanied migrant children, we will notify local and state authorities and members of Congress.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Thursday that the Department of Defense has requested the use of the base.
The California National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Border authorities found more than 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children in February, the highest number in a single month since May 2019, when more than 11,000 minors were found at the border.
After being processed by the Border Patrol, the children were referred to the Ministry of Health and Human Services. They are usually handed over to guardians, whether they are parents or close relatives.
Unlike adults, minors are allowed to stay in the United States after they arrive in the United States. This practice has resulted in many Central American families sending their children alone, or reaching near the border and releasing their children there. Most of them stay temporarily in shelters that are currently fully occupied.