Arkansas and Texas
Migrant children: The Trump administration is preparing to hold migrant children on military bases, separated from their families, as part of an effort to deter people from crossing the border illegally. The Department of Health and Human Services is evaluating four military installations in Arkansas and Texas as potential shelters for minors under 18. The Justice Department recently announced plans to file criminal charges against anyone caught crossing the border illegally, and said that parents traveling with children will be held in immigration detention facilities and their children put in state custody. Today, families with children and unaccompanied minors make up 40 percent of illegal border crossings, compared with 10 percent five years ago. The military has been used to house children before. More than 7,000 migrant children were sheltered at bases in Oklahoma, Texas, and California at the peak of the 2014 child-migration crisis.