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Unaccompanied Migrant Children May Be Housed At Camp Roberts In Central CA

At the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near downtown Tijuana, some migrants placed American flags on their tents. (Photo by Peggy Peattie)
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The federal government may house unaccompanied migrant children on an Army National Guard base in California.

On Friday, the Pentagon approved the use of Camp Roberts to temporarily house children who were traveling alone.

It was not immediately clear if, or how many, children could be placed at the camp, which is located along the Salinas River in central California.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has said the camp is "under active consideration."

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The department has not yet finalized its decision. Border authorities encountered more than 9,000 children without a parent in February, the highest single month since May 2019, when more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors came to the border.