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Congressman Cole angered about possibility of Fort Sill housing unaccompanied minors

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FORT SILL, Okla._Oklahoma congressman Tom Cole says he's learned from unofficial sources that Fort Sill is expected to begin housing at least 600 unaccompanied minors who are illegal immigrants.

Cole says the process could begin as early as June 10. The congressman says he's upset that he has not been contacted by the administration about the decision, which leaves no time for protest, or to consider alternative solutions.

In a statement released Thursday, Cole said, “I am concerned that what begins as an emergency measure could, over time, evolve into a permanent juvenile detention center for those who have entered the country illegally. This could result in a confusion of missions at what is one of America's premier military installations."

Cole said he's learned the plan is to eventually release the kids to family members already in this country, or through the foster care system, instead of sending them back to their home countries.

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