The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 16, 2014

Guard: Gruber not expected to house undocumented children

EDMOND — Despite rumors to the contrary, Camp Gruber is not expected to house undocumented children, a National Guard spokesman said Wednesday.

Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss said no proposals have been made to Guard officials to have the Camp Gruber Training Center house undocumented children.

Moss said the organization has received calls from various media outlets and interested citizens during the past 10 days or so concerning the possibility.

“In an effort to dispel those rumors, the Oklahoma National Guard is announcing today there have been no discussions to date with any federal agencies to bring undocumented children to Camp Gruber,” Moss said.

The Camp Gruber Training Center, located south of Muskogee near Braggs, is the primary training venue for the Oklahoma National Guard.

Beginning last year and specifically in the past few months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of unaccompanied undocumented children from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley.

During Fiscal Year 2014, the federal agency reports a total of 57,525 southwest border apprehensions of unaccompanied undocumented children, a 493 percent increase when compared to FY 2013 when there were 9,350 such apprehensions.   

U.S. Customs and Border Protection divides the southwest border into nine  sections — the Big Bend Sector, the Del Rio Sector, the El Centro Sector, the El Paso Sector, the Laredo Sector, the Rio Grande Sector, the San Diego Sector, the Tucson Sector and the Yuma Sector.  

Media outlets have published images of undocumented children at various federal facilities and reports about some of them being transferred to various locations across the country. They include Fort Sill.

On Sunday, Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine spoke about his tour of Temporary Shelter Kilo, which is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services facility housing undocumented children at Fort Sill. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, accompanied him.

Afterwards, Bridenstine said his concerns were validated regarding the dangers of the journey to the U.S., when some children are exposed to human trafficking, abuse and even death. Bridenstine said he still has not received answers to some of his questions for the HHS about the situation.

They include: Is information about the sponsors taking custody of the children being entered into the Immigration and Detection and Enforcement Database, which is used by ICE for identification? If not, why? And what system is being used? And: What other federal and non-federal entities and contractors are coordinating efforts at Fort Sill? Do they have access to the database or other software being used for identification?

Bridenstine said President Obama’s $3.7 billion spending request will not stop the crisis, and solving it is a matter of national security and national sovereignty.

In requesting the money, Obama said it was needed to “comprehensively address this urgent humanitarian situation.” About half of the resources would go to border security, enforcement and expedited removal of people who don’t qualify for a humanitarian claim, the president said.

Obama said the government also would make investments to further tackle the root problems in Central America. | 341-2121, ext. 108

Text Only
Local News
  • Gas State gas price plummets 18 cents in 25 days

    Abundant domestic refinery production is behind a steep 18-cent plunge in Oklahoma gasoline prices at the pump during the last 25 days, AAA reports.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • A Q&A on ‘Obamacare’ Court Rulings

    On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the legality of tax subsidies being provided to people who bought “Obamacare” health insurance policies in Oklahoma and 35 other states.
    Here’s a look at the rulings’ potential impact in Oklahoma.

    Q: I’m confused. What did the courts rule today?
    A: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit in Washington, D.C., decided that the government can’t provide tax subsidies for Affordable Care Act plans purchased in 36 states where the federal government is operating the health insurance exchange. Oklahoma is one of the 36 states. A few hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit in Richmond, Va., issued a conflicting ruling that upheld the legality of the health-care law’s tax subsidies.

    July 22, 2014

  • June healthy month for Oklahoma jobs

    Nearly 10,000 new jobs in Oklahoma were created in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
    Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday the state experienced one of the largest increases in employment in the nation in June. More than 9,600 additional people joined the state’s workforce in June.
    The unemployment rate in June dropped to 4.5 percent, its lowest ratio in six years. June’s rate was down a percentage point from 4.6 percent in May and April, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

    July 22, 2014

  • Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
    “It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”

    July 22, 2014

  • Whataburger celebrates children’s superhero spirit with ‘Super-Duper’ event

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Super Duper Celebration! In the heart of every child lives a superhero and on Thursday Whataburger restaurants will celebrate the superhero spirit in all of us with an evening of family fun from 5-7 p.m. at its location at 421 S. Broadway.
    Customers can spend quality time with their little heroes and treat them to a superhero-themed celebration of food, activities and giveaways. Children 12 and under dressed in a superhero costume will receive a free kid’s meal. There will be a Whataburger photo booth and Whataburger’s mascot, Whataguy, will also be present to join the fun.

    July 22, 2014

  • Kenya Edmond man confesses to crimes in Kenya

    A federal grand jury alleges a 19-year-old Edmond man staying at a children’s’ home in Kenya engaged in illicit sexual conduct with residents ages 4-9.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS includes Edmond in heat advisory

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for areas including Edmond.
    It will be in effect from noon Tuesday to 7 p.m. Wednesday, a period during which afternoon heat index values will be near 105 degrees. Individuals exposed to the extreme heat for a prolonged period may develop heat-related illnesses, according to the NWS.

    July 22, 2014

  • Police respond to toddler tragedy at park

    A 2-year-old child has died after a tragic incident during the weekend at a popular Edmond park, a police spokeswoman said.

    July 22, 2014

  • Germans from Russia group plans annual meeting in Edmond

    The Central Oklahoma Chapter of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will have its annual All State meeting on Aug. 9 at the Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren Church, 4201 E. Memorial Road, in Edmond.

    July 22, 2014

  • Goddard Students learn about animal behavior

    Animals can be fun, friendly and sometimes dangerous. That is what the students at Goddard School on North Western are learning this summer and this week they are learning about pets.
    Each summer Goddard School’s across the nation choose from a provided list of curriculum to use with their students that would be popular with the children. From learning about insects to a tiger safari, each summer is filled with creative learning.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success

If the Republican runoff for the 5th District congressional seat were today, which candidate would you vote for?

Patrice Douglas
Steve Russell
     View Results