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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:46 PM

'A dangerous precedent': Texans outraged at prospect of tent cities for migrants

Source: The Guardian

'A dangerous precedent': Texans outraged at prospect of tent cities for migrants

Soldiers based at Fort Bliss believe construction of detention center is imminent as locals speak out against Trump’s crackdown

Edwin Delgado in El Paso
Sun 18 Nov 2018 07.00 GMT

The military base of Fort Bliss is so sprawling that it is bigger than Rhode Island and almost as large as Delaware. Sitting on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas, on the border with Mexico, the base and its host town remain at the epicenter of Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration.

Locals believe when the government starts erecting the “cities of tents” the president boasted about for detaining people crossing the border unlawfully, even if they seek asylum from gang violence, Fort Bliss will be ground zero.

Many are outraged at the prospect of the military flying in hundreds of tents to Fort Bliss then guarding thousands of exhausted migrant families bussed into El Paso after being detained all along the US-Mexico border.

“We know that both Fort Bliss and Goodfellow (air force base, in San Angelo) are being prepared to house migrants,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the advocacy group Border Network for Human Rights.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/18/texas-fort-bliss-migrant-cities-of-tents-locals-outraged

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