Defense Department asked to house thousands of immigrants

The Defense Department (DOD) received a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to house a population of immigrant families of up to 12,000 people, according to a statement released Wednesday night.

The DOD has been asked to house 2,000 people within the next 45 days, according to the statement.

If facilities aren’t available, DOD is asked to build “semi-separate, soft-sided camp facilities” that can house up to 4,000 people in three difference locations, the statement reads.

ADVERTISEMENT

DHS also requested that the facilities “comply with the Flores Settlement Agreement’s provision that reasonable efforts be made to place minors in the geographic area where the majority are apprehended,” according to the statement.

The request was made as the Trump administration develops its plan to house immigrant families detained at the border together following President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's executive order to end his administration's policy of separating the families at the border.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisShanahan orders new restrictions on sharing of military operations with Congress: report Pentagon reporters left in dark as Iran tensions escalate Trump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report MORE said on Sunday that the Pentagon was preparing temporary shelters for migrants on two military bases.

Mattis had previously said the military would house immigrants if requested.