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 ShanahanOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran Shanahan challenges Naval Academy graduates to 'set standard' on stopping sexual assault 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.