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50,000 immigrant children crossed US southern border since last October

New steps are being taken to lessen the plight of more than 50,000 immigrant children spilling across US's southern border since last October.
   
The drive to avert a humanitarian crisis and help tens of thousands of immigrant children along the Mexican border is gathering steam.

"We can't help all, but we can help some", says Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Jenkins promised on Saturday that Dallas is stepping up and offering temporary housing for 2,000 of the Central American children caught coming into Texas without parents.

Jenkins added, "we're going to take these children from chainlink enclosures and put them in compassionate care".

The law says the children must be transferred to the custody of the Health and Human Services Department within 72-hours after their arrest for illegally crossing the border, and then placed with families until they get their day in immigration court.

The wave of children has overwhelmed the federal government, and now children remain for weeks in make-shift detention centers.

On saturday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined a growing list of members of Congress visiting a border patrol holding center in Brownsville, Texas.

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"The fact is these are children...we have a moral responsibility to address this in a dignified way", says Pelosi.

That, and reduce the mass illegal border crossings of minors.

President Obama issued a stern warning, saying "do not send your children across the border. If they do make it, they will get sent back".

Immigrants arriving from Latin America say they are fleeing gang violence and crushing poverty.