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Border Agents Detaining Hundreds Of Children Each Day In RGV

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The U.S. Border Patrol is being forced to detain hundreds of children because of delays in moving them to federal shelters as the law requires.

The Monitor reports that Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley are encountering an average of 250 children a day traveling alone into the United States. Because of the high volume, the Border Patrol is being forced to keep those children in detention for longer than the 72 hours specified under federal law.

The Monitor says two-thirds of the nearly 18-hundred children currently in custody in the Valley were held longer than the three-day limit.

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