Joint Base Lewis-McChord is no longer under consideration for housing unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, according to Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA).

A statement from Heck said he learned today that the Department of Health and Human Services is no longer seeking temporary shelters.

As we continue to experience this humanitarian crisis, I support providing emergency funding to provide adequate assistance to care for the children, as well as resources for proper immigration proceedings, Heck said in a release.

HHS was considering empty barracks at JBLM to house up to 600 children.

Federal officials say more than have 47,000 unaccompanied children have crossed into the U.S. illegally since last October.

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