Homeland Security secretary visits South Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 10:32 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson led a federal team Friday that toured U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities in South Texas and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

In a statement, the Homeland Security Department said Johnson was joined by senior officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Defense, Justice and Health and Human Services departments. Also part of the entourage was Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Adm. Paul Zukunft of the U.S. Coast Guard. They received briefings on the U.S. government's response to the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America in recent months.

Texas Republican leaders have authorized the spending an additional $1.3 million per week to ramp up patrols on the border. On Friday, Gov. Rick Perry wrote to President Barack Obama, inviting him to Texas to see what he called the "humanitarian crisis" unfolding as unaccompanied children pour across the border with Mexico illegally.

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