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Immigrant minors may arrive Friday at Fort Sill

Fort Sill has been identified to support a U.S. federal interagency effort to respond to a recent unexpected influx of unaccompanied children from other countries, the post announced Monday.

Following Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., the installation becomes the third Department of Defense facility to support this mission.

The children were primarily apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the southern U.S. border and are now being cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The installation will receive those children in the coming days and they will be under ACF care. Fort Sill's headquarters are assisted by U.S. Northern Command on how to best support the interagency mission, which is being coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

ACF will provide caretakers for between 600 and 1,200 children who will temporarily reside on the installation, the post said in a news release. The agency will maintain responsibility to ensure the safety, care and treatment of the unaccompanied minors. Fort Sill will provide a vacant facility historically used by soldiers, and set apart from the main post, that offers sleeping quarters, bathing and toilet facilities, as well as multi-purpose gathering space. A post spokesman did not identify the building.

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