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8:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

DHS Secretary Johnson To Visit New Mexico Migrant Detention Center

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is scheduled to visit a newly opened temporary immigration detention center in southeastern New Mexico.

Johnson will meet later Today with officials in Weslaco, Texas. There, they'll discuss the ongoing humanitarian immigrant crisis caused in South Texas by the surge in unaccompanied minors and family groups. Most of the immigrants are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

Last month, DHS announced that they were refitting barracks at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to house about 700 immigrants as they await deportation or seek asylum. That detention center is intended for groups of children accompanied by an adult relative, not children travelling alone who are released to the Health and Human Services Department.

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