Continuing coverage of the crisis on the Texas border and the surge of unaccompanied minors

Dallas County Not Yet Ready for Child Immigrants

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    Dallas County says it won't meet its goal of accepting unaccompanied immigrant children by the end of the month, as federal teams continue to assess possible sites to house them.

    Judge Clay Jenkins said Friday that county and federal officials would work all weekend, but it wouldn't be enough.

    Jenkins has offered three county buildings that could take 2,000 immigrants. The idea is to alleviate pressure on South Texas detention centers that have been overwhelmed.

    In a statement, Jenkins said every day spent in an overcrowded border holding cell is "a terrible day for a child." He said he's "disappointed for their sake."

    More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October crossing into the U.S. Most are from Central America and say they're fleeing gang violence or poverty.