Fort Benning could be used as temporary housing for migrant children

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

FORT BENNING, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Federal officials are considering using Fort Benning to temporarily house up to 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who are in the country without proper documentation.

Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services officials reportedly toured the base in Columbus on Wednesday as a preliminary step.

Oklahoma's Fort Sill and Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base are also being considered for use as "temporary emergency influx" shelters.

The news comes as Homeland Security officials say apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border hit levels not seen in 10 years.

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