U.S. Rep. Tom Cole discusses details of House immigration plan

Oklahoman Published: July 29, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says a House plan for addressing the influx of immigrant children at the southern border would put restrictions on the federal government’s use of military facilities like Fort Sill for temporary shelters.

A member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Cole released a statement Tuesday outlining some of the details of a House proposal. In response to President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion, Cole said the House plan calls for $659 million.

The Republican lawmaker says it also would require the Department of Defense to provide advance notice about housing unaccompanied minors at military facilities and prohibit their use for more than 120 days.

Cole’s district includes Fort Sill, where hundreds of mostly teenagers from Central America are being housed in vacant troop barracks.