The past two years saw the largest number of unaccompanied minors crossing the United States border, 58,000 in 2014 and 34,000 in 2015. Because of these large numbers of children, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is opening temporary shelters for unaccompanied minors in New Mexico, Colorado and Florida.
Up to 250 children are currently housed at Holloman Air Force Base. The Office of Refugee Resettlement says the facility has the capacity to house up to 700 children. The children are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and range from 13-17 years of age.