WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon July 21, 2014
Sen. Paul: Some Child Immigrants May Go To Fort Knox
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Fort Knox is being considered as a possible place to temporarily house some of the immigrant children pouring across the country's southern border.
Paul spokesman Dan Bayens says the senator's office was notified that the Army post in central Kentucky has been under review as a place to take in an undetermined number of unaccompanied Central America minors.
Paul commented on the situation during a speech Monday to a Kentucky Chamber business summit in Louisville.
The Kentucky Republican spoke out against transporting the children to Fort Knox. He says they should be treated humanely until being returned to their home countries.
Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson says Fort Knox was on a short list of potential military sites to house the children.
Crosson says it was determined that Fort Knox won't be available until at least September due to ROTC training at the post.
The Border Patrol says more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.