LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday Fort Knox was being considered as a possible place to temporarily house some of the immigrant children pouring across the country's southern border.
Paul spokesman Dan Bayens says the senator's office was notified that the Army post in central Kentucky has been under review as a place to take in an undetermined number of unaccompanied Central America minors.
Paul commented on the situation during a speech Monday to a Kentucky Chamber business summit in Louisville.
The Kentucky Republican spoke out against transporting the children to Fort Knox. He says they should be treated humanely until being returned to their home countries.
Late Monday afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth's office confirmed the Department of Defense submitted Fort Knox to the Department of Health and Human Services as a possible location, but HHS says it is no longer considering using the army base. HHS makes the final decision about which facilities to use to house the children.
The Border Patrol says more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.