It was reported on Thursday that the Trump administration is considering having up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children housed on military bases between now and the end of the year. The sites would be run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has told lawmakers that it needs to determine whether “possesses these capabilities.”
After CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr delivered the report on CNN this afternoon, anchor Brooke Baldwin was stunned into silence over the numbers and struggled to compose herself for a few seconds.
“It’s just tough to imagine that number of kids being held potentially, even if it’s just potentially,” she said as her voice wavered a bit.
After taking a deep sigh, she apologized to the viewers before moving onto the next story. It was apparent, however, that she was still affected while reading the next report as she sighed a little more and took her time to get through the copy.
As Starr noted in her report, the Obama administration turned to military bases to house unaccompanied minors in 2014 during a surge of Central American refugees, but those numbers were significantly less. This story comes on the heels of the president signing an executive order that would allow migrant families to stay together in federal custody as they await prosecution for illegal border crossing.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.