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Central Coast Military Base Could House Some Unaccompanied Kids Coming Into U.S.

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A Central Coast military base could soon be used to temporarily house some of the unaccompanied minors coming into the United States.

A Central Coast military base could soon be used to temporarily house some of the unaccompanied minors coming into the United States.

The Department of Defense confirms the Department of Health and Human Services has asked to use Camp Roberts, in northern San Luis Obispo County.

Reports say it could be used as a temporary home for up to 1500 children between the ages of four, and 18. The Pentagon has already agreed to house children at two Texas military bases. The recent flood of children has strained Health and Human Services facilities.

Defense Department officials say they are analyzing the request to see if the base has the necessary infrastructure to adequately house the kids. The base was built in the 1940’s. The Army turned the base over to the California National Guard in the 1970’s. It’s primarily used as a training facility now.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.