REPRESENTATIVE PANETTA STATEMENT ON HHS DECISION TO NOT USE CAMP ROBERTS TO TEMPORARILY HOUSE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

June 15, 2021
Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released a statement on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) determination to not use Camp Roberts as a temporary facility to house unaccompanied children under 18 years old who have crossed the southern border in an attempt to avail themselves of the laws of the United States. HHS has officially notified the Department of Defense that the agency is no longer moving forward with considering Camp Roberts as a temporary site to house unaccompanied minors. 

“I am pleased to update our community that Camp Roberts is no longer under consideration by HHS to be used as a temporarily facility to house unaccompanied children. This is a logical determination as the number of children in HHS facilities has decreased precipitously,” said Congressman Panetta. “I commend the Biden-Harris Administration for the humane, professional, and skilled manner in which they have worked to decrease the number of children under federal care. There is still much work to be done to alleviate the ongoing situation at our border, and reform our immigration system. I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to find common sense solutions that provide humane, secure, and sustainable solutions for our immigration system.”

Previously, Camp Roberts was one of several facilities undergoing consideration to temporarily house unaccompanied minors. Unaccompanied children who reach the southern border are brought into temporary Customs and Border Patrol care for processing before being sent to a Department of Health and Human Services facility, which are specifically designed to meet the needs of children in their care. Children under temporary HHS care are soon united with family or a sponsor until their legal status is determined. 

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