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Elaine Hobson participates in a protest with others Wednesday outside U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s Oklahoma City office to show their opposition to housing migrant children at Fort Sill. Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY — More than two dozen protesters gathered Wednesday at the Oklahoma City office of U.S. Sen. James Lankford and called on the Republican to take action against the federal government’s plan to use Fort Sill in Lawton as a temporary shelter for migrant children.

“It is hard to be a human being and not feel outraged about this situation,” Debbie Hill said. “We were doing all the things we were supposed to do, writing senators. Senator Lankford is great at beginning his letters and being sympathetic to what we’re saying, but closing with a partisan statement.”

In June, the federal government announced it had selected Fort Sill as a temporary housing facility for migrant children. The announcement came as the Office of Refugee Resettlement said it had received referrals for roughly 41,000 children in the fiscal year, or a nearly 57% increase over the year before.

In 2014, the Obama Administration used Fort Sill as an emergency shelter for unaccompanied kids. The facility can hold up to 1,400 children.



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