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US says immigrant children to leave Fort Sill

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) _ Federal authorities say unaccompanied immigrant children that have been housed at Fort Sill are expected to leave the Army post by Friday.

Kenneth Wolfe of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in an email to The Associated Press on Monday the agency has been working to care for the children in standard shelters, which are significantly less expensive than the barracks they are now housed in. At the same time, the agency has seen a decrease in the number of children crossing the nation's southwest border, mostly from Central America.

Wolfe says operations at facilities in Texas and California will wrap up in the next two to eight weeks. The shelters have housed a combined 7,700 immigrant children since opening in May and early June.

 

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