WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is actively looking for additional space to house families caught crossing the border with Mexico illegally, primarily for mothers with young children, officials said.
Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the statement Friday amid a surge of migrants seeking to enter the United States from Central America.
Mayorkas did not say how many people the new family detention centers would house or where they will be located. The government currently operates only one such facility, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, with space for fewer than 100 people.
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