White House declares "urgent humanitarian situation" with unaccompanied children at SW border, FEMA head to coordinate effort—
Julia Preston (@JuliaPrestonNYT) June 02, 2014
President Obama on Monday announced the establishment of an interagency group to deal with rising numbers of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied by adults. Yahoo News reports:
In a memo that describes an “urgent humanitarian situation,” Obama has put the Federal Emergency Management Agency in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief to the children, including housing, care, medical treatment and transportation.
The Obama administration estimates that about 60,000 “unaccompanied minors” — children under 18 — will enter the United States illegally this year. It projects that number to grow to nearly 130,000 next year.
A facility that will accommodate up to 600 children will be established at Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California, it was announced today. A similar facility was established last month at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and is nearing its 1,200 child capacity.
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