Homeland Security Secretary Visits S. Texas On Immigration Crisis

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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

In a statement Friday, the Homeland Security Department said Johnson was joined by senior officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Coast Guard and the Defense, Justice and Health and Human Services departments. They received briefings on the government's response to the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America in recent months.

The Homeland Security Department statement says a new temporary facility will be created for adults with children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico.

Texas Republican leaders have authorized spending an additional $1.3 million per week to ramp up patrols on the border.

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