Federal officials are preparing for a surge in arrivals of immigrant children at the nation’s southern border in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reported that federal agencies are opening two temporary shelters equipped with 1,000 beds in South Texas as unaccompanied minors continue to flood the southern border in increased numbers.

This is the second time recently that the capacity of federal shelters to house migrants has been expanded. In addition to the South Texas shelters, a 400-bed shelter will also be opened in Southern California.

Moreover, the Department of Health and Human Services also asked the Department of Defense this week to make plans for 5,000 more shelter beds in the possibility that the number of immigrants continues to rise. An agency spokesperson said that these thousands of additional beds are not yet necessary.

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