President Donald Trump may have signed an executive order to end family separation at the border last week, but his administration’s aggressive stance on immigration doesn’t show any signs of weakening.
The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are working together in preparation to build temporary camps for immigrants at two military bases along the southern border, CNN reports. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced the news on Sunday.
Health and Human Services officials have looked at four U.S. military bases in Texas and Arkansas as possible locations already, CNN reports.
Details regarding the camps are being “worked out,” Mattis reportedly said. It is worth noting, however, that the Health and Human Services Department asked the Defense Department to prepare to accommodate up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children at military bases, as CNBC reported Thursday.
Mattis compared the decision to build the camps to previous cases where the military provided support for refugees, victims of natural disasters, and other groups in need.
“This is something that we can do again, whether it be refugee boat people from Vietnam, people that have been knocked out of their homes by a hurricane, absolutely it’s appropriate to provide logistical support however it’s needed,” Mattis said.
The Trump administration’s immigration policy has faced increased scrutiny in recent months, following news that migrant children were being sent to shelters with histories of abuse, sexual assault, and other misconduct, despite numerous complaints — and, in some cases, even official citations from state inspectors.
[Photo: Border Patrol takes a Honduran man and his son into custody on June 12. By John Moore/Getty Images]