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Warren, Klobuchar visit child migrant detention center

Some 2,450 children aged 13 to 17 who were apprehended at the border are currently being held at the Homestead facility, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Some 73% are male and 27% are female, with most coming from Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador.

Congress and the White House are attempting to broker a deal over how to spend emergency aid to address the migrant surge as lawmakers, private companies and presidential candidates raise alarms about immigrants facing dangerous conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made cracking down on immigration a centerpiece of his administration but officials are saying they will run out of money for border agencies soon. Border crossings hit the highest level in over a decade in May, straining resources and creating chaotic scenes at overcrowded border patrol facilities.

The need for funding has become more urgent as attorneys last week called attention to more than 300 children detained in squalid conditions at a border patrol facility in Clint, Texas. Children are supposed to be transferred quickly out of border patrol facilities and into centers overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services.

(Production: Bob Mezan)

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