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Rand Paul says Fort Knox discussed as possible place to house immigrant children

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fort Knox could be on a list of places to be used as a location to house immigrant children who have been detained at the border.

After comments at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce business summit Monday, Paul’s office released statements regarding the matter.

Paul’s state communications director Dan Bayens said via email, “Our office is aware that Fort Knox has been discussed as a possible location for unaccompanied migrant children and we are actively working to seek information and answers on behalf of Kentucky's citizens."

He also sent WDRB a statement from Senator Paul, "While I have a great deal of sympathy for people who seek the American Dream, we cannot have open, lawless borders. These children should be fed, clothed, and returned to their country of origin."

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's spokesperson Robert Steurer also sent a statement from the Senate Minority Leader’s office. He told us via email that “Senator McConnell strongly believes that we should secure the border, treat the children humanely and return them immediately; therefore, these children should not be housed indefinitely throughout the U.S.”

U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie sent a statement to WDRB via email saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has assured him Fort Knox is not currently being considered to house the children. “I was told that Fort Knox was looked at as an option, but it had already been removed from consideration,” the statement said. “But we continue to be in regular communication with HHS.”

Congressman John Yarmuth's communications director Stephen George sent a statement via email, which states “Congressman Yarmuth has closely followed the humanitarian crisis at the border and today received confirmation from the Department of Health and Human Services that Fort Knox is not under consideration to house the children fleeing violence and arriving unaccompanied to the U.S.”

Representative Yarmuth’s communications director also said via email any information regarding Fort Knox being considered is false. George says HHS will have the final say in whether or not to house children at Fort Knox and they have removed the location from consideration. 

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