Report: Paul, McConnell Oppose Housing Child Migrants In Kentucky

AP

The Obama administration said it won’t house undocumented child migrants at Kentucky’s underused military installations in Fort Knox, amid opposition from the state’s two senators, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The paper reported that Sen. Rand Paul (R) kicked up a storm by announcing on Monday that the administration was considering the idea of housing the children at Fort Knox while they’re processed by the immigration system.

“I think what we should do is feed, clothe and send the kids back and find who’s responsible for them in their countries,” Paul was quoted as saying, voicing support for “trying to adjudicate and process things very quickly so they’re not sent to the interior of the country.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) similarly objected and was careful not to express an overt not-in-my-backyard sentiment. His spokesman Robert Steurer told the Courier-Journal that the senator wants to “secure the border, treat the children humanely and return them immediately, therefore, these children should not be housed indefinitely throughout the U.S.”

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