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Dallas County makes plans for illegal immigrant children

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DALLAS - Dallas County Commissioners are making plans to shelter 2,000 illegal immigrant children.

They are being brought to North Texas after being caught near the border.

Several locations are being considered to house them. They include closed Dallas public schools.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says the cost will be covered by the federal government.

"There's a federal law passed in 2008 and signed by President Bush that says we have to do this for these children. The federal government has to do it somewhere and we have the capability to help them do it here. They're backlogged, and we reached out to help them," he said.

The children will not be enrolled in public schools, but will be fed, educated and offered medical care at the shelters.

On Tuesday county leaders met with several volunteer organizations such as the American Red Cross that have offered support. They details on how members of the public can help are still unclear.

The children are expected to start arriving at the end of the month and could stay on average a month.

With Congress unable to come up with a solution to the immigration issues, President Obama said he will again take executive action to reform the system.

He will ask Congress for $2 billion for security and services along the border with Mexico.

"The only thing I can't do is stand by and do nothing while waiting for them to get their act together," he said. "We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all."

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said he will not bring the issue to the floor for a vote because he says this president cannot be trusted to enforce current law.

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