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Jul 8, 2014 1:04 PM by Associated Press

Old Middle School Toured as Possible Immigrant Housing

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston school district spokeswoman says federal officials toured a vacant middle school as a possible site to house immigrant children caught crossing the border.

Houston Independent School District spokeswoman Sheleah Reed says officials visited Terrell Middle School on Tuesday. It's a preliminary step in case federal officials decide they want a local shelter for the recent influx of unaccompanied children.

Reed told the Houston Chronicle that the district closed the school in 2001 and now uses it for storage.

Federal officials have been trying to find housing for the record-breaking influx of children caught entering the U.S. illegally and alone. Border Patrol agents made more than 52,000 apprehensions of unaccompanied children since Oct. 1.

Dallas County is proposing a plan to house 2,000 immigrant children in area buildings.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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