On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that migrant detainees would be housed at two U.S. military bases: Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss. What he didn’t mention was that toxic contaminants have been blamed for health problems at these locations.
The Trump administration has not said exactly how many migrants it will place at each of these bases. However, the Pentagon has been told to prepare for up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant minors and was asked earlier this week to prepare to house up to 12,000 additional migrant family members of all ages.
One of the bases where these migrants will be sent, Fort Bliss, is a U.S. Army post in El Paso, Texas. It has reportedly been contaminated with radioactive waste, in addition to at least four different types of carcinogens.
According to previously unreported court documents, The American Legion, the largest U.S. war veterans organization, was suing the V.A. as recently as 2008 on behalf of a veteran who developed a tumor after alleged exposure to Agent Orange and other caustic chemicals while at Fort Bliss.