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Federal officials open Fort Sill shelter to media

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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) - Federal officials have allowed members of the media to tour a temporary shelter at Fort Sill that is being used to house more than 1,000 teenage immigrants from Central America.

Participants in tours Thursday at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma were heavily restricted and prohibited from taking pictures, asking questions or interacting with staff or children at the shelter.

It is the first time members of the media have been allowed inside the facility at Fort Sill since it began receiving children last month who had been caught at the U.S.-Mexico border trying to enter the country illegally.

The boys and girls are segregated into 60-bed dormitories. Many of the boys were playing soccer outside, while the girls were playing board games and attending classroom instruction.

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