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 ShanahanThiel calls for federal investigation of Google Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran Senators urge Trump to sanction Turkey for accepting Russian missile shipment 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.