The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has designated Fort Sill Army Base near Lawton, Oklahoma, as a shelter for undocumented migrant children, The Hill reported on Wednesday.
About 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, Fort Sill held approximately 700 Japanese Americans in 1942 following President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The executive order placed people of Japanese descent in isolated camps in reaction to Pearl Harbor and the foreseeable war in the Pacific.
The HHS reported that Fort Sill has the capacity to hold 1,400 unaccompanied children and announced “that tours for elected officials, stakeholders and the press would be offered.”
Under current U.S. law, “undocumented migrant children who are unaccompanied must be sent to a government shelter”. Amidst an increasing number of undocumented children, the HHS is considering additional spaces such as Santa Teresa, New Mexico, to house them.