“U.S. military bases are now being used for illegal immigrants’ housing in addition to the Donna, Texas border detention facility, the convention center in Dallas, and San Diego Convention Center,” the Globe reported in early April. “Migrants are currently being held at Fort Bliss and Joint Base San Antonio in Texas after crossing into the United States.”
Adding to military base accommodations, the Pentagon approved a third military base, California National Guard post Camp Roberts on 42,000 acres on the Central Coast of California, to house migrants amid the border surge invited by the Biden Administration.
The Globe has learned that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked the Pentagon for use of of Camp Roberts to house migrants – as many as 10,000 migrants.
Where will the water come from for 10,000 additional people on the Central Coast, which is usually short of water anyway. Where are the environmentalists?
What is the plan?
Fox News reported that Customs and Border Patrol is projecting that as many as 184,000 unaccompanied children could reach the border this fiscal year. Again, is there a plan? Where will these children eventually go?
Resident living on the Central Coast from Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Maria, up to Santa Cruz, want to know what the plan is for their communities.
The website for Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) says it helps new populations maximize their potential in the United States by linking them to critical resources that assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. Is that the plan?
Providing some context, we found this NBC New York report:
During the last months of Trump’s term, unaccompanied minors were allowed to stay after a federal judge ruled in November that the government couldn’t use the pandemic as a reason to expel them. In January, an appeals court said the government could resume the practice, but Biden decided against it.
The numbers quickly rose under Biden, who ended other Trump policies, including one that made asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for court hearings in the U.S.
Jonathan H. Hayes, who directed Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement from February 2019 to March 2020, said the Biden administration needed to listen to estimates on capacity needs before undoing Trump’s policies.
Projections of arrivals threatened to strain the system and should have prompted officials to hit pause, considering the time it takes to get licensed shelters up and running, Hayes said.
Since Joe Biden was elected President in November 2020, the fears among Americans about a massive surge of illegal immigration at America’s borders has been realized. And it’s not over.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott was on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo and noted that a “lack of border security is the root cause” of the record number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, Flag and Cross reported. “It shows that President Biden’s approach to this is to abandon the rule of law,” Abbott said of the migrant surge and Biden’s immigration policies.
“Our state legislature, they allocate about $800 million every two years for the state to pay for this,” Abbott said of securing the border. “This year, because of the extended time that we will have the National Guard on the border, it likely will clearly exceed a billion dollars for the state to have to secure the United States of America.”
Abbott said border security is only one of the many costs to the state, with others are health care, education and law enforcement. These costs will also affect other states where gangs and human traffickers go after crossing the border with migrants, the Gov. Abbott added.
“The first 100 days of the Biden administration, they’ve been great for the cartels, for the gangs, for the human traffickers who have been exploiting the borders,”. Abbott said.
What awaits Camp Roberts and California’s Central Coast? How will the military contain and manage tens of thousands of migrants and children on the base, and why? Is containment even part of the plan? Will there be security, and if so, who is providing it and at what cost?