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Influx of Teen Migrants Leads US to Open 3 More Shelters

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 05:55:02-05

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. government plans to open new shelters in Colorado, Florida and New Mexico to house young Central American immigrants as part of an effort to deal with a renewed influx of unaccompanied children coming across the border.

Plans for the three new shelters follow the opening of shelters outside Dallas earlier this month to deal with an increase of young migrants that is expected to intensify in the spring and summer.

Up to 1,000 children will be housed in a warehouse in the sprawling Federal Center complex outside Denver, 800 at a Job Corps site in Homestead, Florida, and 400 at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The government is trying to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2014 when so many children crossed the border that they were forced to stay in Border Patrol facilities.