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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 3:11 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:11 PM

MCALLEN - Once again, officials in Washington, D.C. are addressing the wave of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors crossing our border.

The largest numbers are seen right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Border Patrol stations, used to process the unaccompanied minors, have received several government visitors over the past few weeks. Today's visitor was Department of Homeland Security Director, Jeh Johnson. He was at the McAllen station Friday morning to tour the facility. However, he made no public comment.

With his visit came a list of proposals designed to ease the burden placed on the system due to the influx of young immigrants.

One of the proposals includes sending more immigration judges to the Valley to handle the two to three year backlog of asylum hearings. Folks who work with the court system say the backlog has been created by the mistaken belief that, being handed a future court date means you get to stay in the U.S. indefinitely.

Another proposal is having illegal immigrants wear ankle monitors while they wait for their removal hearing, rather than house them.

After the Border Patrol visit this morning, Secretary Johnson flew to Lackland Air Force base near San Antonio. That's where even more unaccompanied minors are being housed until they are reunited with their families.

Johnson's visit to Lackland was announced publicly, while the McAllen visit was not.

Johnson is expected to release a statement at the end of day about both visits.

Topics: homeland security, director, johnson, mcallen

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