Feds consider JBLM for immigrant children

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Feds consider JBLM for immigrant children

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by MICHAEL KONOPASEK

kgw.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 10:34 AM

DUPONT, Wash. -- Hundreds of unaccompanied immigrant children may soon be heading to Washington's Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Empty barracks at JBLM are where the children would stay, according to Health and Human Services officials. Up to 600 children from primarily Central America countries could be calling the base home for the next four months. HHS says the children are leaving dangerous situations in their home countries.

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Representatives with HHS will meet Wednesday with Lakewood city leaders and staffers from the office of Congressman Denny Heck, D-Wash. The goal is to answer mounting questions concerning the future of the children.

"The biggest concern we have here in DuPont is the security," said DuPont city administrator Ted Danek. "You've got a lot of people coming here [with] no known backgrounds."

Federal officials say more than 47,000 children traveling by themselves have illegally crossed into the United States since last October.

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