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Unaccompanied Child Immigrants Flood Border Patrols

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles, Associated Press
Reported: Jun. 19, 2014 3:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT
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Hundreds of young children, unaccompanied by their parents and with only light blankets to keep them warm, huddled in close quarters at Border Control Stations in South Texas and Arizona.

This was the scene Wednesday as thousands of immigrants are being held before they are transferred to other shelters around the country.

This was the media’s first access to these shelters, since President Barack Obama called the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children who illegally immigrated to the U.S. an “urgent humanitarian situation.”

The children pose a particular challenge because the law requires that they be transferred from Border Patrol stations like the ones in Texas and Arizona to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours.

From there, they are sent to shelters for several weeks as the government tries to reunite them with family in the U.S. The network of some 100 shelters around the country has been over capacity for months and is now caring for more than 7,600 children.

For the full story from Eyewitness News' sister station Fox 31 in Georgia, click here.

AP contributed to this report.



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