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Cramer: Grand Forks AFB No Longer Under Consideration to House Unaccompanied Alien Children

Feb 8, 2016
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the Grand Forks Air Force base is no longer being considered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement as a site to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children caught entering the United States.  In addition to the Grand Forks Air Force Base, the administration informed Cramer Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts are also not under consideration.

“I am thankful the Administration is no longer considering housing unaccompanied alien children at the Grand Forks Air Force Base,” said Cramer.  “I am still opposed to housing undocumented alien children at any military installation.  In the Omnibus Spending Bill passed in December, Congress approved plenty of resources to construct facilities to house these children near the southern border to facilitate returning them to their parents in their own country.”

On Jan. 12 Cramer and members of his staff met with officials from the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services to discuss the Administration’s proposal to house undocumented minor aliens at military installations in the United States, including Grand Forks Air Force Base.

On Jan. 6, Cramer gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives outlining his opposition to President Obama’s proposal to possibly house undocumented minor aliens at military installations across the country, including the Grand Forks Air Force Base.  View the speech by clicking on the image below.

On Dec. 31, Cramer sent a letter to Robert Carey, the Director of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stating his opposition to the Administration’s proposal and urging Grand Forks Air Force Base be removed from the list of military installations under consideration.  View the letter here.  

Cramer first brought the issue to the public’s attention during his weekly Talk Radio Town Hall with Scott Hennen on Dec. 30.  It was the subject of a news story by the Grand Forks Herald as well on Dec. 30.  View the article here.  On Jan. 5, Breitbart News published an exclusive interview about the issue with Cramer.  View the full article here.