Washington, June 26: US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that two military bases in Texas will be used to house detained migrants, whose numbers have swelled under a recent “zero tolerance” policy.
Fort Bliss, an Army base in El Paso, and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo will house the detained migrants, including families and unaccompanied minors. But Mattis on Monday said he could not confirm details, such as the number of migrants to be sheltered at the bases or the type and size of the shelters.
The announcement came after the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services had requested aid in providing lodging for migrants who await trial, the US media reported. “We’ll provide whatever support the Department of Homeland Security needs in order to house the people that they have under their custody,” Mattis said. “We will work that out week by week. The numbers obviously are dynamic so we will have to stay flexible in our logistics support.” (IANS)