TULSA - As of Friday, children in the country illegally will no longer be housed at a facility in Fort Sill, Oklahoma - at least, for the time being.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the announcement late Monday morning.
But while Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin expressed pleasure at the news, it was tempered by the detail that HHS had also renewed its lease on the facility.
That would seem to indicate the possibility that the program could be re-opened at Ft. Sill some time in teh future.
In a written statement sent to KRMG, Fallin said:
“We know that illegal immigration naturally dips in the summer months, as temperatures rise at our southern border. Because of that decrease, the federal government has been able to empty the facility at Fort Sill and process the illegal immigrants they have brought to Oklahoma. There is nothing to stop this administration, however, from reopening the shelter at Fort Sill later in the year as the number of illegal immigrants apprehended naturally increases. I am calling on President Obama to set the record straight once and for all: will this facility be reopened, or can we trust that it has closed for good?"
Her Communications Director, Alex Weintz, told KRMG that she has asked the President for a definitive answer on whether the facility could be used again to house the immigrant children.