Number of teens entering US illegally on the rise

Number of teens entering US illegally on the rise

The number of migrant teens who are entering the U. S. illegally from Central America is on the rise and authorities believe that shelters set up for these teens could soon become packed to their capacities.

The Building 267, avast facility at Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California, is one of three shelters that the federal government has set to provide shelter to hundreds of Central American children who have been caught entering the country illegitimately.

Set up following an increase in border crossing, the shelter in Southern California is already housing nearly 200 migrant children, and officials believe that the number at the 42,000 sq. ft. facility could jump to nearly 600 by early next week.

Federal government has also set up a shelter for migrant teens at a military base in Texas. A senior official described the situation as an "urgent humanitarian situation," and said one more shelter was being planned to be set up at Oklahoma.

The Central American Resource Center's executive director Martha Arevalo said that teens caught entering the country illegally should housed in safe, personal settings, and not in detention-style settings.

But, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stressed that there should be no free pass for any one including children who are caught trying to cross the border illegitimately. Speaking on the issue, Johnson said, "I am not encouraging in any way, shape or form illegal immigration."

Since the beginning of the budget year in October, more than 47,000 childrenhave been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally.

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