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Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11:19 AM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 2:55 PM

MCALLEN - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is touring a Border Patrol immigrant holding facility in McAllen.

Johnson's visit comes on the heels of a visit just two weeks ago, when the media was not allowed to question him at all. It also follows two new developments in the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. illegally.

The first is the death of an 11-year-old child who was crossing into the United States. He was found days before Johnson's last visit. The second is a wide range of responses just confirmed by the White House this morning. Billions of dollars have been set aside for the administration's response to the influx, which includes speeding up the deportation process by adding immigration judges, attorneys and asylum officers to the court system. The White House said it'll have law enforcement step up investigations into smuggling rings and ask Congress to increase penalties for those who smuggle in vulnerable populations, like children.

Johnson's press conference is set for 2:30 p.m. We'll have more information for you after the conference.

Topics: McAllen, Border Patrol, jeh johnson, homeland security, visit, facility, tour, illegal immigrants, unaccompanied minors

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