Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is looking at 6 military bases to use to house the latest wave of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border. In November 5,600 unaccompanied minors crossed the border, 3 times more than November of 2014. The bases under consideration are:
–Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base near Montgomery, Ala.,
–Tyndall Air Force Base, FL (nearest city: Panama City, FL)
— Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND (nearest cities: Emerado, ND and Grand Forks, ND)
— Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, PA (nearest city: Philadelphia, PA)
— Hanscom Air Force Base, MA (nearest city: Bedford, MA)
— Travis Air Force Base, CA (nearest city: Fairfield, CA)
Rep. Martha Roby, Alabama Republican, is leading the charge against housing children at military bases. Mrs. Roby said,
“A military base is no place to house illegal immigrant children. Bases like Maxwell are engaged in real military activities – training, education, cyber warfare – many times in classified settings that are very sensitive. Their mission does not need to be distracted by housing, feeding and securing hundreds of detainees.
Housing illegal immigrant children at an active military base like Maxwell-Gunter is a terrible idea. We shut it down the first time and we are working every angle to shut it down again,” she said.