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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

5:50 P.M. UPDATE:

Arkansas' Republican governor says he's opposed to the federal government using any facilities in the state to house migrant children who are separated from their parents.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he understands that officials are looking at the Little Rock Air Force Base and unused federal land in south Arkansas to house immigrants and that the decision on using the facilities is being made in Washington and not at the state level.

Hutchinson said any costs for housing immigrant families would be paid by the federal government.

Hutchinson a day earlier rejected calls from Democratic leaders in the majority-Republican legislature to recall the state's National Guard soldiers deployed to assist in border surveillance.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

— The Associated Press


U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said Thursday that federal officials were visiting the site of a potential detainment center in Desha County that would house people arrested after they crossed the U.S./Mexico border.

In the tweet sent at 2:13 p.m., Crawford said that federal agents are at a “fish experiment station” in Kelso “to look at setting up a potential immigrant detainment center.”

“How is a tent city on a flood plain in SE Arkansas more appropriate than a tent city on the border?” Crawford wrote.

A spokesman for Crawford’s office was not immediately available to take a phone call seeking confirmation that this is the second Arkansas location federal officials are examining to detain migrant families, unaccompanied children or both.

Federal officials have arrived at the Little Rock Air Force Base to determine if it’s suitable to also house migrants, a spokeswoman said about 3 p.m. Thursday.

Airman 1st Class Kristine Gruwell said that’s all the information she’s able to release.

Initially under consideration was holding children who were separated from their parents. Now, since President Donald Trump’s executive order says families will be detained together, and seeks to detain them for the duration of their legal proceedings, it’s unclear if the base is being evaluated to hold unaccompanied minors or families or both.

On Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said federal officials were considering the base as one of two potential sites in Arkansas, though he declined to disclose the location of the second one.

Kelso is about 3 miles from the Rohwer War Relocation Camp that detained Japanese Americans during WWII.

Emails sent Wednesday and Thursday to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the department that oversees unaccompanied children and the children of detained parents, have gone unanswered.

— Emma Pettit

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  • tweedyboy57
    June 21, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.

    WTF People ? How Many Millions are being wasted on this asinine program ? Or Melanias Photo OP Trip to Texas? Or Scott Pruitts "Tactical Pants" for his security Or Ben Carsons Table OR Mnuchins trip to the Treasury to see the Eclipse OR Trips for The Interior Secretary Winke
    this corruption must end

  • eaglescout
    June 21, 2018 at 6:20 p.m.

    Wait a minute, this might just work...Use Kelso, put the parents there instead of the kids, let them spend time in tents in the sweltering heat and mucho mosquitoes and tell them "welcome to America". Never mind, this is probably what they just came from...
    Studies say that the majority of people will move from rural areas to the cities within the next decade. Maybe this means that the majority of people from the world will squeeze into America within the same time frame. People get ready, there's a train a coming...

  • lazyman
    June 21, 2018 at 6:31 p.m.

    All these people, kids and adults, need to be sent back ASAP. This is ridiculous.

  • abb
    June 21, 2018 at 8:09 p.m.

    House them in Mexico. Use our C130s to parachute them in. Good training. Make sure the adults get a rifle, an MRE, and a Make Mexico Great Again hat.

  • abb
    June 21, 2018 at 8:32 p.m.

    Ha ha! You liberals are sooooo peaceful and tolerant. Watching your emotional outbursts is really fun to watch. I'll be buying yet another AR-15 lower at Don's Weaponry in your honor. Heck, I may engrave Safe, Semi, and Doubleblind and the selector switch.

  • DoubleBlind
    June 21, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.

    I just reported you to the FBI, abb, for threatening me. Good luck with that.

  • abb
    June 21, 2018 at 9:03 p.m.

    LOL! Diane Upchurch lives in my neighborhood, Chris. She'll laugh at you. Good luck. I think my new AR 15 lower will be a 4 position: Safe, semi, dumbass, and then Doubleblind.

  • DoubleBlind
    June 21, 2018 at 9:12 p.m.

    I’m sure Diane will appreciate you dragging her into YOUR fight - NOT. Thanks for the additional reference to automatic weaponry you intend to use on me. You’re a big mouth knuckle dragging Neanderthal moron. Hard to believe you’re in fact a female. Condolences to any men in your life.

  • abb
    June 21, 2018 at 9:24 p.m.

    Take your meds Chris. You are giving credence to the fact that liberalism IS a mental disease. I'll pray for you.

  • DoubleBlind
    June 21, 2018 at 9:29 p.m.

    Funny. I’m guessing terroristic threatening by you IN PRINT will trump (pun intended) any ‘liberal’ leanings on my part.