SAN ANGELO. Texas — Any moment now, San Angelo's Goodfellow Airforce Base is expecting an operation order from Health and Human Service to house undocumented teenagers who cross the U.S.-Meixco border with their parents or guardian.
Texas Military Preparedness Commissioner for Goodfellow, Carol Ann Bonds, says while some anonymous sources have already disclosed the information, the Wing Commander is still waiting on the official operation order.
Bonds also confirmed a private faith-based group out of San Antonio that is currently operating what's known as tent city in Tornillo, just outside of El Paso, will be operating the shelter at Goodfellow.
The entire shelter from trailers brought in to security will be privatized, according to Bonds.
Early on Monday, U.S. defense officials told the Associated Press that the Trump administration has chosen Goodfellow and Fort Bliss to house detained migrants. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about a pending announcement.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had said on Sunday that two bases had been selected but he would not identify them.
One official said unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S. border would be sheltered at one of the bases and the other base would house families of migrant detainees.
Under the arrangement, the Defense Department would provide the land but the operations would be run by other agencies.
Goodfellow and Fort Bliss were two of the four military bases assessed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The others were Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.