Oklahoma’s Fort Sill To Stop Housing Immigrant Minors
LAWTON, OKLA. (KFSM) – Fort Sill in Oklahoma will stop housing immigrant minors, according to authorities.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday (Aug. 4) that Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. would be suspended as a temporary housing facility of immigrant minors.
The temporary shelter was initially established in May, and the Department of Health and Human Services said officials are suspending temporary facilities, like Fort Sill, because they have “proactively expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters,” KOTV reported.
Another reason the temporary shelters were suspended was because of cost. Standard shelters cost less to use, according to affiliate station KOTV.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., released a statement on the suspension, saying, “I am glad to hear that Fort Sill will no longer be used as a temporary holding facility for illegal immigrant children. That being said, it’s concerning that the Administration could easily choose to house these children at Fort Sill again. It’s simply not designed for this purpose, and we need more certainty that it will remain off limits.”