- Associated Press - Monday, August 4, 2014

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) - Federal authorities say unaccompanied immigrant children housed at Fort Sill are expected to leave the Army post by Friday.

Kenneth Wolfe of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told The Associated Press on Monday the agency can move children from military barracks because it has expanded the capacity of traditional shelters. Wolfe said standard shelters are significantly less expensive to operate.

The agency also says the demand for military shelters was reduced because of a drop in the number of children crossing the nation’s southwest border.

Wolfe says military facilities in California and Texas should wrap up work within two to eight weeks. The three shelters have housed 7,700 immigrant children since May.

The agency says another surge of unaccompanied children could press the bases into service again.

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