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Detained immigrant children moving to air base

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal officials are making an Air Force base near San Antonio the temporary home of 100 unescorted children stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the first of the children arrived at Lackland Air Force Base on Monday. They are under the charge of the Unaccompanied Children's Services division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lackland spokesman Brent Boller tells the newspaper that the base is "simply providing the temporary housing" in an unused 1,000-student dorm with showers and a dining hall.

HHS has taken in 7,000 to 8,000 illegal immigrant children in each of the past three years but sheltered more than 4,000 since October. It has seen a 77% jump in the number in the first quarter of 2012

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