Unaccompanied immigrant children may be held in California locations

San Miguel, California (AP) —Federal government may accommodate unaccompanied migrant children at the California Army National Guard base in central California, officials said.

According to the Pentagon, the Pentagon approved on Friday the use of Camp Roberts to temporarily accommodate migrant children traveling alone.

It wasn’t immediately clear if and how many children could be placed in a camp on the Salinas River, almost in the middle of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The US Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday that the camp was “actively under consideration.” The department has not yet finalized that decision.

“When HHS decides to activate an emergency influx site for unaccompanied migrant children, we will notify the state and local governments, and members of the House of Representatives,” the ministry said in a statement. ..

The US Department of Health and Human Services has demanded the use of the base, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed Thursday.

California National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

Border authorities encountered orphans in more than 9,000 children in February. This is the best month since May 2019 with over 11,000 people. Minors without companions I came to the border.

After being processed by the border guard, they are transferred to health and welfare services. Eventually, it will be released to sponsors, usually parents or close relatives.

Unlike adults in many situations, all unaccompanied minors are allowed to stay in the United States. Most end up at least temporarily in shelters that are far beyond their current capacity.

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