Sen. Inhofe: Forcing Military Bases to Shelter Illegal Immigrants Threatens National Security
President Barack Obama's administration is forcing a military base in Oklahoma to shelter illegal immigrant children whom officials in Texas cannot handle, and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, thinks that will only encourage more illegal immigrants to flood into the country and create national security concerns.
After the Obama administration informed the Fort Sill military base in Lawton, OK, to expect about 600 illegal immigrant children to be sent to its facilities this weekend, Inhofe noted that the Obama administration is making military bases care for illegal immigrants while Obama is "drastically reducing defense spending funds at a historically rapid rate."
"Our nation has an immigration problem and a national security crisis, but I don't believe the answer is for our military facilities to be transformed into a center that houses, feeds, and cares for illegal immigrants," Inhofe said in a statement. "This only encourages parents to send their children unaccompanied over the border and, with the average-aged child being between 13 and 17, it exposes our military facilities to unknown security concerns."
Inhofe also said that though "the Obama administration has said that Fort Sill should be prepared to receive children as early as June 10, they have failed to provide any further details such as what is to be expected of the military facility and its service members, and for how long."
As Breitbart Texas first reported, illegal immigrants who are not from Mexico are being warehoused after they are detained. Those that Texas cannot handle are first being dumped in Arizona before some are shipped to other parts of the country, including Oklahoma, California, and Alabama.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was told that the federal government would be dumping at least a thousand illegal immigrants from Texas to Arizona this weekend. Though Arizona officials have said they have no idea where the illegal immigrants are going after they leave the Nogales holding station, some are being sent to Oklahoma and California, which will allow the Obama administration to dump even more illegal immigrants in Arizona, especially to the Nogales warehouse that reportedly has a capacity of about 1,500. A Homeland Security official told the Associated Press, "As quickly as we move them out, we get more. We believe this is just a start."