The US Navy is reportedly planning to build sprawling immigrant detention centres on military bases, amid a Trump crackdown at the US-Mexico border.
A draft memo obtained by Time magazine outlines plans to build “austere” tent camps to house 25,000 migrants.
The memo says the camps would be built on abandoned airfields in California, Alabama, and Arizona.
Another camp near San Francisco is being designed fur as many as 47,000 people, the memo says.
A Pentagon spokesman said the military had not been asked by the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) to draw up the specific plans, but was engaging in “prudent planning… should the DHS ask for assistance in housing adult illegal immigrants”.
The US military said on Thursday it had been asked by the government to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children.