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Page 3A NBVC NBVC to Support HHS MissionAt the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and under the direction of the Department of Defense (DoD), efforts are under way to coordinate the use of a temporary housing facility on the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), for unaccompanied alien children who were stopped by U.S. Border Patrol and are now being cared for by HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The Department of Health and Human Services is estimating in its new budget proposal that the number of unaccompanied alien children who will be caught having illegally entered the United States will rise to 60,000 in fiscal 2014.

Front HHS 242x300 NBVC to Support HHS MissionThat is up about 815 percent from the 6,560 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who were apprehended in the U.S. only three years ago in fiscal 2011.

The children will be under the supervision and care of ACF program grantees. Within HHS, ACF is responsible for providing care and shelter to children referred by immigration authorities.

The facility, renovated in 2007, is a former Navy Mobile Processing Site, previously used to house and process personnel before and after deployments, which has beds for approximately 570 individuals.

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is fulfilling a similar request in Texas; children began to arrive there May 18. Naval Base Ventura County hosts a variety of missions ranging from Seabee training and deployable units to E-2C Hawkeye deployable squadrons.

NBVC is also home to the Naval Satellite Operations Center headquarters, unmanned systems and premier research, development, test and evaluation missions.

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