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A 2003 aerial photo of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images

Pentagon says it’s searching nationwide for space for adult migrants

The Pentagon says it is searching nationwide for space on military installations that could be used to house adult migrants who have tried to cross the U.S. border illegally.

In a brief statement, spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis says this is part of “prudent planning” in case the Department of Homeland Security asks for the Pentagon’s help. He says there has not yet been any DHS request.

Such planning is standard procedure for the Pentagon.

On Thursday the Pentagon said it would support a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to find temporary shelter on military installations for up to 20,000 unaccompanied children who are detained for illegally crossing the border.