A special shelter is being set up by Health and Human Services at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio for children who cross the Mexico/Texas border alone. It was ordered by the Department of Homeland Security in response to a recent sharp increase in unaccompanied minors arriving in the Rio Grande area.
On Sunday, Department of Health and Human Services officials will open a shelter for up to 1,000 minors at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, authorities said, and will begin transferring youths there by land and air. The level-four alert is the highest for agencies handling children crossing the border illegally, and allows Homeland Security officials to call on emergency resources from other agencies, officials said. minors arriving without adults recently.