FOX 4 tours camp housing immigrant children

Gov. Greg Abbott is extending the deployment of National Guard troops along the southern Texas border and adding reinforcements to assist the Department of Public Safety and border patrol.

Abbott also criticized the federal government regarding the more than 10,000 illegal immigrant children coming into the U.S. in October and November.

The governor put out the announcement Tuesday but didn't give any interviews.

The National Guard in Texas was preparing to withdraw from the Texas-Mexico border in the next couple of weeks, but the governor's announcement that he would extend the mission changes things and keeps troops at the border.

FOX 4 News went on a media tour Wednesday of the camp near Waxahachie where 500 illegal immigrant teenagers are being housed.

We couldn't record any images, but what we saw on the tour were 12 to 17-year-old boys and girls playing soccer and basketball, and some were watching a movie.

In 21 days, most of the children will be placed with their parents or a close relative.

We also are learning that this extremely temporary camp costs more than $6 million.

There are 500 kids at the camp now. The overall number is expected to grow to more than 700 by the end of the week, and that's when another 300 more illegal immigrant children will start arriving at another camp in Rockwall County.

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