A former military facility in Westminster, Md., that might be used to house undocumented immigrant children was vandalized with the words: “No illeagles here. No undocumented Democrats.”
There are 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central American in the U.S. Under federal law those children apprehended by Customs and Border Protection must be transferred from non-contiguous countries into facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours, the Washington Post reported.
They are placed with relatives living in the U.S. or put into temporary HHS housing while they enter the immigration court system. HHS currently has only 6,000 to 8,000 beds for these children.
— Mary Pat Flaherty (@marypatflaherty) July 14, 2014
When officials in Maryland learned children may be transferred to the Army Reserve facility in Westminster on Thursday, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., threatened to use his position on the House Appropriations Committee to block emergency funding.
The White House requested $2.7 billion in emergency funding earlier this month to deal with the unaccompanied minor crisis.
On Sunday, the misspelled graffiti was discovered on the facility.
Monday HHS reported that the facility was “not a viable option at this time.”
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