Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following statement:
At the request of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today approved the use of a vacant dormitory at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland to serve as a temporary housing facility for unaccompanied alien children under Health and Human Services' care.
Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will temporarily house up to 1,000 minors identified by the Department of Homeland Security in the facility on a reimbursable basis for up to 120 days, where the children will remain under the supervision and care of ACF program grantees.
The Secretary was pleased to be able to assist in this manner. It's another example of the department's ability to respond rapidly to requests in support of federal partners.
For more information on this program, please contact Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families Public Affairs at 202-401-9215.