On Monday, the president issued a memorandum ordering Homeland Security to establish a group to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was to coordinate the group and ensure that humanitarian relief was provided to the children including housing, care, medical treatment and transportation.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, also criticized Obama.
“The recent, single-year influx of unaccompanied minors from foreign countries into the United States is a direct result of President Obama’s policies of encouraging amnesty and failing to enforce existing immigration laws,” said Lankford.
“The Obama administration has put children at risk in dangerous border crossings through the desert because of the president’s enticing offer of potential future citizenship.”
He said there has been a 168 percent increase in the apprehension of unaccompanied children who crossed the border illegally in the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande sector from 2013 to 2014.
Lankford said this “reveals the importance of immediately securing our borders and addressing executive policies that circumvent current immigration law.”
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said this is an improper use of Fort Sill.
“At a time when the president is drastically reducing defense spending funds at a historically rapid rate, he now expects our military bases to temporarily take on the responsibility of caring for unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed the border into the United States,” Inhofe said.
“Our nation has an immigration problem and a national security crisis, but I don't believe the answer is for our military facilities to be transformed into a center that houses, feeds and cares for illegal immigrants.