The Obama Administration remains tight-lipped about the location of illegal immigrant children it has moved around the country.
Last week, the Department of Defense released information about three locations being used to house the children coming across the border. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun using Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to house the “unaccompanied alien children,” according to the Department of Defense. But the Obama administration appears to be setting up other locations to house the illegal immigrant children as well.
But across agency lines, officials have ignored questions from the press. ICE officials referred National Review Online’s questions on to Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs in HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. Wolfe did not respond to repeated requests for an interview, but did email links to the Administration for Children and Families’ website. The Administration for Children and Families is an operational division of HHS that provides assistance with such things as child support enforcement and adoption assistance.
The Army Public Affairs office in Washington also referred Judicial Watch’s questions about Fort Bliss to Wolfe. And a spokesperson for BCFS Health and Human Services, a San Antonio-based network of non-profit organizations, declined comment to the Brownsville Herald about its plans to open a shelter for illegal immigrant children in Weslaco, referring the Herald to Wolfe as well.
— Ryan Lovelace is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.