The request requires bases to report any facilities across the U.S. that meet the following minimum specifications: a 24,000 square foot building, 15 acres of land “level and clear,” and access to utilities. The information is due to be reported by Wednesday afternoon, July 9.
When contacted by Breitbart News, Defense Department spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson confirmed the new military requests. Asked precisely how many bases are needed, Lt. Col. Crosson responded:“however many is needed to provide HHS with the mutually agreed upon amount of bed space.”
Currently, three facilities are being used: Naval Base Ventura County, in Port Hueneme, California; Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The California base can house 575, and is accommodating teenagers from the ages of 13 to 17. Lackland and Sill can each hold about 1,200 youth.
The number, capacity and locations of the new military facilities will not be available until after bases report in with availability, presumably by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline. Lt. Col. Crosson stated that there is not a definite timeline for decisions to be made about housing the illegal aliens: “Once HHS receives the list of bases, they go through an internal review process to determine if they want to accept the facility.” Just because a military facility is offered does not mean that it will be accepted or used, Lt. Col. Crosson noted.