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Immigrant Children Staying at Oklahoma Military Barracks
Reporter Jessica Schambach loaded up in a van with HHS officials and members of the media for an hour-long tour.
The guides read from a script. And reporters were told not to ask questions.
They drove reporters to basic trainee barracks on post, where 1,160 illegal immigrant children are staying.
The federal government released photographs and a short video beyond the security gate.
Inside - the buildings are stark, but clean, with some signs of aging.
Beds are lined up, covered in white linens.
Decorations made by the children make the barracks feel a little less military.
HHS also gave us this video from a Texas shelter.
At Fort Sill, Schambach saw similar scenes -- kids playing in the grass, doing arts and crafts, singing and dancing.
But the buildings, at times, still felt like an institution - with designated areas for medical attention and case management.
The children are told when to eat, shower and sleep.
They can make two, 10-minute phone calls a week.
Spanish-speaking workers try to connect them with loved ones or sponsor families in the US.
Since children started arriving there about a month ago, 567 have been discharged.
HHS says the shelter will remain open for about another three months.
After that, the kids will end up at another shelter.