Dallas County to house up to 2,000 immigrant kids

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 8:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A judge says as many as 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children could be transported from the Texas-Mexico border to three temporary housing facilities in Dallas County by the end of next month.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said youngsters would move from facilities in McAllen to his county. The plan is to have each spend about three weeks there, before being placed with relatives around the U.S.

Jenkins said the first county temporary housing facility is already being prepared, and that officials are working with federal authorities to find two more by late July.

A surge of immigrant families, mostly from Central America, has overwhelmed federal authorities.

Jenkins said immigration politics aside, Dallas County wants to help children who are "scared and trapped in not good conditions on the border."

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