Fort Sill in Oklahoma will detain up to 1,400 children that have arrived in the United States before they are placed with an adult relative.
According to Time Magazine, the 150-year-old installation will be used as a “temporary emergency influx shelter” to help ease the burden on the government.
Some 40,900 children have been taken into custody, according to Health and Human Services - an increase of 57% from last year.
Fort Sill has previously been used by the Obama administration to hold migrant children, before it was shuttered after four months in 2014.
The children held there will be separated from the general population before they are moved on.
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