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Study reveals plans, delay to house unaccompanied immigrant children at Goodfellow AFB

Photo: Office of U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar

Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo will not be ready to house unaccompanied immigrant children by the end of the month, according to a new study.

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The military base conducted an environmental impact analysis for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, who wanted to know if their plan would have any environmental consequences.

According to the study, Goodfellow Air Force Base said that it would take up to 30 days to set up living and sleeping quarters for up to 7,500 unaccompanied children and work facilities for approximately 7,500 HHS support staff for up to six months.

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Goodfellow Air Force Base said that “design plans and specifications are not yet available and a construction schedule has not been fully determined, pending fiscal and other approvals.”

According to the study, airmen will clear 70 acres of land, build a fence around it, cover the ground with caliche, erect tents and then run water and electricity to the area where the children will be housed.

Water connections would be established immediately, while electrical connections would take up to 60 days, with approximately 25 generators being used to provide electricity until the formal electrical connections can be set up.

Neither unaccompanied children nor HHS employees would have access to Goodfellow Air Force Base itself, with a separate entrance gate being constructed just for them along Old Eola Road.

The plan is to bus in 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children and 1,000 HHS staff per week for seven and a half weeks.

HHS employees would be housed in area hotels, with a minimum of two employees per lodging unit.

The United States Air Force concluded that there would be no significant impact on the environment as a result of housing unaccompanied immigrant children at Goodfellow Air Force Base.

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