The Obama administration is using several military bases in southern states to house underage illegal immigrants, while thousands of veterans remain homeless.
The Obama administration will be using at least:
- Naval Base Ventura County in California
- Fort Sill in Oklahoma
- Lackland Air Force Base in Texas
to house the foreign nationals for “processing,” but does not have plans to house homeless veterans on those or any other bases.
The program is said to cost at least $2 billion per year.
The President unilaterally halted deportations of underage illegal immigrants in June, 2012, in the run-up to his 2012 reelection.
After the 2012 elections, the administration and a bipartisan group of Senators began working on immigration reform. They announced the intended reform in April, 2013. The Senate passed S 744 in May of that year, which calls in part for people who immigrate illegally before age 18 to be given permanent legal residency status.
The Department of Health and Human Services will then seek to deliver the underage illegal immigrants to their parents.
Once detained, unaccompanied minors who are apprehended at the border are then placed into Health and Human Services custody. Officials said Monday that HHS then seeks to reunify these children with their family members.
Since 2010, and possibly earlier, the administration has been actively working with the Mexican government to promote the use by Mexican nationals of US SNAP (food stamps) and other programs.
After the departure of Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she would be championing the plan to end veteran homelessness.
The plan she outlined appears to be substantially identical to the one in Shinseki’s final budget request. It also does not involve using military bases to house homeless veterans.