Shelter Shutdowns Show More U.S. Control of Border Surge

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, August 4, 2014

The Obama administration is shutting down the three emergency shelters for illegal immigrant children it opened on military bases, health officials said Monday in another sign that the federal government is getting a handle on the surge of Central Americans trying to jump the U.S. border.

It’s a major reversal for the Health and Human Services Department, which a few weeks ago was considering 5,000 more beds on military bases and signed a $190 million deal with Baptist Child and Family Services to care for children at the facilities.

The shelter at Fort Sill in Oklahoma will be closed by the end of this week, and two others in California and Texas will shutter in two to eight weeks, the administration said.


Children will be sent to private shelters throughout the country, but the moves could rub raw nerves in neighborhoods where residents have raised protest.

More than 7,700 children went through the facilities at the three military bases, and HHS still has 5,500 children in its care, a spokesman said.

The department wouldn’t give a breakdown of the number of children at each facility and refused to release the locations of the approximately 100 private shelters with which it has contracts.

Some initial efforts, such as renting a shuttered college in Virginia, were blocked by local protests. The military bases seemed obvious choices because they could avoid local input.


Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, said military bases were always bad fits for both sides. Legislation against the use of military bases for sheltering illegal immigrants passed the House last week as part of a package of bills designed to halt the surge of children and families.

Senators have failed to pass their own bill, however, leaving Mr. Obama to manage the situation through August without any new resources or legal powers.


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  • propagandaoftruth

    Next outrage – Obama shipping in ebola infested Africans and holdin

    • Moe

      Nah, he’d much rather infect some whites. Ironically, blacks are probably more susceptible to the disease, both catching it and spreading it…IMO.

  • No, Obama’s not “Getting a handle” on the border surge, he’s just being more creative in how to hide it under the rug.

  • This notion that “Everyone in the world is an American, some of them just haven’t gotten here yet”?

    I blame Emma Goldman and her ilk.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      How can any nation be truly universal without completely destroying itself? The globalization ideology of America’s psychopathic elite only makes sense when seen from one perspective, that of white genocide.

      • MBlanc46

        It can’t.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Dude, you’re confusing two 19th century socialist Tribeswomen: Emma Lazarus wrote the Statue of Liberty poem. To be fair, she might have favored only white Europeans emigrating to the US.

      Emma Goldman OTOH was a vile Marxist terrorist. She and her lover Alexander Berkman were involved in a murder attempt, bomb-making, inciting riots and cheering on the assassination of President McKinley.

      In 1919 a 24 year old J. Edgar Hoover heroically rounded up 250 radical immigrants including Goldman and Berkman and shipped them off to the Soviet Union so they could enjoy the new socialist paradise there, much to the deportees’ horror.

      • You’re right. I meant Emma Lazarus!
        Fixed it, thanks. Though, I doubt either Emma would favor immigration preferences in favor of Europeans were they alive today.

  • I’m glad I’m not a Baptist because if I were a Baptist, I’d have to change my religion.

  • DailyKenn

    Once the November elections are history, the floodgates will reopen.

    It seems to sole criteria for the successful immigrant is his likelihood to vote for Democrats.

    • DonReynolds

      No immigrant should be permitted to vote. Period. If they stay here long enough and have grandkids….ok……the grandkids can vote. We cannot allow foreign-born citizens to cast the deciding vote in a deeply divided nation.

      • Ian Moore

        I agree.

    • MBlanc46

      I fear that you’re right.

  • WR_the_realist

    The border surge is getting “under control” because enough private shelters have been found willing to take our tax money in return for housing illegal immigrants.

    I feel so relieved.

    • DonReynolds

      For $6,000 to $7,000 a month…..they could stay at the Marriott or the Hilton.
      Free Breakfast.

  • IKUredux

    Send the Statue of Liberty somewhere will it make sense. Oh, jeez, dang! I forgot we don’t have a space program anymore.

  • MBlanc46

    Just another move to disperse them into the country where they’ll remain permanently?

  • A Freespeechzone

    Meanwhile, we have American Veterans who are homeless; where are those who are willing to help them?

    Oh, that’s right, I forgot, these diseased ‘dreamers’ will make better Americans than those who built and defended America….

    American complacency is encouraging Obama—WE own that and our Forefathers will hold US accountable….