Mattis: Pentagon preparing temporary migrant camps on two bases

Mattis: Pentagon preparing temporary migrant camps on two bases
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The Pentagon is preparing temporary shelters for migrants on two military bases, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court Former Mattis staffer: Trump 'shooting himself in the foot' on foreign policy MORE told reporters on Sunday.

“The details are being worked out ... about exactly how much capacity they need at the two bases, what other kinds of facilities they need built,” Mattis said on board a flight to Alaska, according to Reuters.


The defense secretary did not provide other details, including the names of the two bases under consideration, the news agency reported.

His comments come after widespread backlash over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which saw some 2,000 migrant children separated from their families after being detained at the border.

In an effort to quell the controversy, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE last week signed an executive order ending the family separations. House Republicans are also reportedly preparing to vote on a narrow immigration bill that would allow detained children to remain with their parents for longer than 20 days.

Mattis's remarks follow a report that the Pentagon has been asked about the possibility of housing as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases as soon as next month.

The defense secretary said the military would comply if asked by the White House to help in providing shelter to detained immigrants. However, the Pentagon chief on Sunday did not say if the temporary shelters would specifically house minors.