Governor: Immigrant children to be placed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the federal government has notified the governor that immigrant children will be placed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

Undocumented child immigrants held at a Customs and Border Protection facility in South Texas. (Credit: Office of U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar, June 11, 2014/MGN Online)

Undocumented child immigrants held at a Customs and Border Protection facility in South Texas. (Credit: Office of U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar, June 11, 2014/MGN Online)

Communications Director Jennifer Ardis says the governor’s chief of staff got a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency late Wednesday afternoon. ¬†She said it’s not known how many children will be placed at the base or how soon they will arrive.

A spokesman for the Secretary of Defense says the Department of Health and Human Services will assess whether the base could house children, and that hasn’t been done yet.

Bentley joined five other governors in sending a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. They expressed concerns that states will end up with costs for public school and other services.

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