Responding to an increase of unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern border, the federal government selected three temporary shelters in December to house immigrant children. Officials hope this will avoid the problems encountered in 2014 when an immigration surge overwhelmed border agents and left children stranded at Border Patrol facilities for days.
Two shelters are in Rockwall and Ellis counties near Dallas, while a third is in California's Ventura County outside Los Angeles. All three facilities offer summer camps for children and facilities for religious groups to gather throughout the year. The two camps in Texas are Christian-based while the one in California is Jewish.
The Ellis county location started receiving children Friday, Dec. 11.