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DOD prepares to house 20,000 unaccompanied minors at military bases

  1. Original Date Announced

    June 21, 2018

    Press reports that DOD, following a request from HHS, will prepare to temporarily house up to 20,000 unaccompanied immigrant children from July 2018 through end of year. In a letter to Congress, DOD confirms the plans. DOD will only be responsible for housing while HHS or contractors will be responsible for everything else (e.g. meals, supervision). [ID #334]

    Washington Post: DOD to house 20000 unaccompanied immigrant children
  2. Effective Date

    June 21, 2018
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    April 30, 2021

    2021.04.30 ORR Field Guidance #13, Emergency Intake Sites (EIS) Instructions and Standards

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On April 30, 2021, ORR issued field guidance delineating the standards for Emergency Intake Sites used to house unaccompanied minors.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
April 30, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention Minors
Agencies Affected: ORR DOD

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • August 5, 2014

    The Obama administration also used shelters on military bases to house unaccompanied minors following the 2014 surge in migrants from Central America, but not at such a scale.

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Biden Administration Policy Documents

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