Border children: Overwhelming shelters

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 4:17pm

Congress hears testimony on growing crisis triggered by unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican border. Danielle Leigh report

(NBC News) Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is promising lawmakers his department is using every option it can to address the flood of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border.

In Texas, border patrols agents are admittedly overwhelmed. Unaccompanied children from Central America are being transferred to temporary shelters outside the state.

A 2008 law prevents them from being immediately deported. Hundreds have arrived at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Others are in California at a Ventura naval base.

In Virginia, angry residents convinced the Obama administration to abandon a plan to use the old St. Paul's College campus as another temporary shelter.

The Homeland Security Department estimates more than 65,000 unaccompanied children will be apprehended this year.

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