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DHS asks military to build six new tent cities at the southern border

DHS asks military to build six new tent cities at the southern border
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly enlisting the military to build half a dozen tent cities at the southern border to hold some 7,500 migrants.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanProgressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper House Armed Services chairman expresses confidence in Esper amid aircraft carrier coronavirus crisis MORE is expected to sign an order fulfilling the DHS request, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

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The Pentagon would build the tents, likely not on military bases, but the camps themselves would be operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a DHS agency.

DHS sent a request for assistance to the Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday for the new tent cities.

"DHS has agreed to ask that DOD will loan and erect on-hand DOD tents in support of ICE, and provide contracting support to ICE for wraparound services for which ICE will reimburse DOD," Maj. Chris Mitchell told NBC.