WASHINGTON (AP) - Trump administration officials say Homeland Security has formally requested space for up to 12,000 beds at a military facility to detain families caught crossing the border illegally.

Two officials say the request asks for 2,000 beds to be up and running in the next 45 days. The remaining bed space will be made available as needed.

The request notes that the facility must comply with a 1997 agreement known as the Flores settlement, which governs how children are housed in custody. It requires air conditioning, libraries, private showers and mental health facilities.

The space will be housed at a military base but it’s not clear yet which one.

The officials were not authorized to release details of the request publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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