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AP PHOTOS: A look at child immigrant holding cells

Thursday - 6/19/2014, 5:54am  ET

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer helps two young boys pick out clothes as they join hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children as they are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Customs and Border Protection officials gave tours Wednesday of Border Patrol facilities in Texas and Arizona that hold thousands of immigrant children waiting to be transferred to shelters across the country.

The unaccompanied minors were caught entering the country illegally amid a surge of immigration from Central America in recent weeks. They are being held at the facilities in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona, until they can be processed.

From there, the children and teens will be sent to shelters for several weeks as the government tries to reunite them with family members in the U.S. The network of some 100 shelters around the nation has been over capacity for months, caring for more than 7,600 children.

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