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US will hold 3000 immigrant teens in Dallas convention center amid border surge

The US will use a convention centre in downtown Dallas to hold up to 3,000 teenaged migrants, as a surge of young people crossing the border strains immigration authorities’ ability to find proper facilities to house them.

Beginning as early as this week, the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for detaining unauthorized migrants who are minors, will use the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for up to three months to hold boys aged 15 to 17, according to a memo seen by the Associated Press.

Facilities closer to the border are already at max capacity, causing the Border Patrol to detain young people past the three-day legal limit they must obey in most cases before passing them to HHS.

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