Agreement reached in controversy over a Congressional visit to Fort Sill illegal immigrant shelter
FORT SILL – After a week of controversy and debate, Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine has now been give the go ahead to visit the facility housing hundreds of undocumented children at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.
The children are being kept under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) was denied access to the federal facility back on July 1st.
Congressman Bridenstine says that he will arrive at Fort Sill Saturday, along with a Congresswoman from Tennessee, to tour the grounds.
The HHS has given them a list of restrictions including no questions, no recording devices, and no contact with staff or children.
Neither lawmaker has agreed to the restrictions.
In fact, they have indicated they plan to treat the policies just as President Obama treats laws passed by Congress, as quote “suggestions”.
KFOR will follow their visit to the base and bring you updates on the visit.
Meanwhile, NewsChannel 4's Kevin Ogle was one of the first reporters who were given access to do a media tour at the post on Thursday.
Kevin reports the areas of the living facility were clean and bright and comfortable.
The children, teens and preteens seemed happy.
The Children are primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – where drug violence and child smuggling are rampant.
Case workers are working to place the children with a family member or a family friend or an American sponsor.
If that fails, the child will be deported back to their home country.