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The Border Patrol's chief in South Texas says the flow of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally has been slowing ...
in the past 10 days. Officials gave a walk-through of a new processing center for the children arriving in McAllen. (July 17)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYMcAllen, Texas - July 17, 20141. Various of new processing center for unaccompanied minors 2. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Chief Kevin Oaks, US Border Patrol: "Within the last ten days we've seen a decrease in the number of juveniles that have been arrested or crossed the border." 3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Chief Kevin Oaks, US Border Patrol: "This facility will house as many as a thousand unaccompanied juveniles. All the wrap around services are available. The juveniles that will be here, they'll be able to be processed, provided shower, food, medical attention, all the services that we want them to have and that are required for good health and hygiene." 4. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Chief Kevin Oaks, US Border Patrol: "Ideally we would not want to have a child in custody for more than 72 hours. that's the general policy that we work under." 5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Chief Kevin Oaks, US Border Patrol: "We're talking about a population of people that everybody in this room would do everything they could to support. these are innocent children fleeing desperate times. whether its poverty, whether its violence, whether it's the draw of a better life in the united states, whether it's family reunification-whatever the reason the aim of the border patrol is to do the best that we can and provide every service and opportunity and make sure the children are safe until they get out of our custody." STORYLINE:The Border Patrol's chief in an area of South Texas that has been overwhelmed by unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Texas border illegally says the flow has been slowing in the past 10 days.Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Kevin Oaks spoke Thursday at a walk-through of a new processing center for the children in McAllen. Oaks says that while in the recent past they may have 1,200 unaccompanied children in their custody, now they have less than 200 on a given day.Oaks says about 80 unaccompanied children were arrested on Wednesday. He said a similar processing center in Nogales, Ariz. was expected to close within a week and instead the children who are crossing the border here will be processed at the new facility, which opens Friday.