LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) — According to a report, federal officials will visit Little Rock Air Force Base Wednesday to assess it as a potential facility to house immigrants.
According to Dan Lamothe of The Washington Post, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be making the visit. According to Davis, assessments of Fort Bliss, Goodfellow Air Force Base, and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas have already been completed.
An initial report surfaced last month about the possibility of LRAFB housing children picked up at the U.S.- Mexico border.
At that time, base officials told us they’d cooperate if asked.
The Arkansas United Community Coalition, an immigrant rights group, opposes the idea, saying, “[While] we support our military, bases are not appropriate places to house refugees, especially children, who have only know the trauma of war and violence. We need to be offering these children compassion and due process, at facilities prepared to receive them with such.”