Trump administration to start holding migrant children in WWII internment camp

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Donald Trump is to use a US army base to hold immigrant children (Getty)

An army base that was used as a Japanese internment camp in the Second World War has been chosen by the Trump administration to hold child immigrants.

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.

Fort Sill in Oklahoma served as a WWII Japanese internment camp (Vimeo)

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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Fort Sill was one of several internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II and was also used to hold German prisoners of war.

US officials say the huge influx of migrants into the country is putting the system at a breaking point.

The Obama administration also used Fort Sill to hold migrant children (AP)

Donald Trump has been trying to secure a deal with Mexico that will deal with the issue.

He accidentally revealed plans to designate Mexico a “safe third country” - meaning asylum applications would be processed there instead of the United States.