Immigrant Children Staying at Oklahoma Military Barracks

Immigrant Children Staying at Oklahoma Military Barracks

Journalists get an inside look at fort sill, where illegal immigrant children are staying.
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.
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