Oklahomans expect an economic boom as a result of the flood of illegal immigrant children the federal government has begun sending their way.
The Department of Defense has loaned the facilities at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, to the Department of Health and Human Services to house approximately 600 unaccompanied alien children, according to the Department of Defense. Local officials expect the surrounding community to reap the rewards.
The Department of Defense has only approved the use of Ft. Sill for HHS for up to 120 days, so this would suggest that the government workers coming to town may plan on overstaying their welcome. Fitch said he expects the entire mission could go longer than four months, and explained his city is prepared in the event the effort does take more time than originally anticipated. As a result, Fitch explained he thinks businesses will see new revenue.
“There’s going to be a lot of food purchases, there’s going to be gas purchases, the car rental companies, a lot of these people are coming in by air,” Fitch told KSWO.
— Ryan Lovelace is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.