Shanahan additionally would not say if troops will probably be concerned in detaining migrants or operating detention services for migrants — solely including, “We’ve not obtained any particulars on that, however I count on a rise in assist will happen.”
Whereas a proper request hasn’t been made to the Pentagon, two US protection officers instructed CNN Wednesday that Shanahan was summoned to the White Home late Tuesday to debate the scenario on the southern border.
Presently, the navy has about 3,000 lively responsibility and a couple of,000 Nationwide Guard members aiding within the border effort, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis mentioned on Wednesday.
The Division of Well being and Human Providers had requested the help of the Protection Division given the inflow of migrants and, particularly, uptick of unaccompanied youngsters on the southern border.
“In FY 18, HHS performed preliminary web site visits to DoD properties at Goodfellow, Bliss, Dyess, and Little Rock to find out the potential for attainable future use for momentary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien youngsters. At the moment no choice to make use of any of those properties has been made,” HHS spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer mentioned in an announcement Wednesday.
“Based mostly on the anticipated development sample in referrals of (unaccompanied alien youngsters) from DHS to HHS, HHS is getting ready as soon as once more for the necessity for prime mattress capability to proceed,” Stauffer mentioned. “As now we have over the previous six years, HHS as soon as once more requested the help of the Division of Protection (DoD) to assist reply to the migration inflow of UAC alongside our southern border by figuring out and making out there house for as much as 5,000 UAC momentary inflow beds in a number of DoD installations within the Continental United States.”
“The FY 19 request is just like the 2015, 2016 and 2017 request made to DoD by then Secretary of Well being and Human Providers Sylvia Burwell to offer as much as 5,000 momentary beds for unaccompanied youngsters on DoD installations,” she added.