LAWTON, Okla. — The federal authorities has chosen a navy base in Oklahoma as the situation for a brand new short-term shelter to accommodate migrant youngsters and is contemplating a customs port in southern New Mexico as another choice as present shelters are overwhelmed.
The Workplace of Refugee Resettlement mentioned Tuesday it is coping with a dramatic spike within the variety of youngsters crossing the border with out mother and father. The company already has acquired referrals for almost 41,000 children thus far this fiscal yr, marking a rise of virtually 57% over the identical interval final yr.
The power at Fort Sill close to Lawton, Oklahoma, can be able to holding 1,400 children. Fort Sill served as a short lived emergency shelter for unaccompanied youngsters in 2014 because of a migration surge at the moment.
That is along with the shelter introduced simply final week in Carrizo Springs, Texas, the place as many as 1,600 teenagers could possibly be held in a posh on authorities leased land close to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Bases in Georgia and Montana have been handed over, however officers are also weighing the potential for establishing an emergency shelter at New Mexico’s Santa Teresa port of entry that might soak up youngsters if there was an pressing want for extra mattress area.
Federal officers mentioned they have been notifying state and native leaders in New Mexico that an evaluation can be accomplished. A last choice on whether or not that web site would work was anticipated quickly.
Beneath hearth for the loss of life of two youngsters who went by way of the company’s community of shelters and dealing with lawsuits over the therapy of teenagers in its care, the Workplace of Refugee Resettlement has mentioned it should arrange new services to accommodate new arrivals or threat operating out of beds.
Document numbers of unaccompanied youngsters have been arriving on the border, largely from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. In Could, border brokers apprehended 11,507 youngsters touring alone.
The announcement of plans to develop mattress area for the youngsters follows the federal government’s choice to scale back or cut paying for recreation, English-language programs and authorized providers for the greater than 13,200 migrant toddlers, school-age youngsters and youths in its custody.
The Well being and Human Providers division, which oversees the refugee workplace, just lately notified shelters across the nation that it was not going to reimburse them for lecturers’ pay, authorized providers or leisure tools, saying funds cuts have been wanted.