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June 17, 2014

255 immigrant children currently at Oklahoma base

LAWTON — Federal officials say 255 children who were detained while trying to enter the U.S. illegally are currently being housed at Fort Sill.

The children are mostly teenagers from Central America. They are among the more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the border since October. Fort Sill is one of three facilities where the children are being held. The others are in Texas and California.

Kenneth J. Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email Monday that the children arrived Saturday at the Army base.

The Defense Department has authorized the facilities to stay open for 120 days as officials try to find the children’s families or place them with a sponsor.

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