- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Federal immigration officials are using Houston’s George Bush International Airport as a transfer point for distributing the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children around the country.

A statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says ICE began using the airport to help with processing the children arriving from the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Those children are then distributed to Health and Human Services Department facilities around the country.

Dallas County is among the locales offering potential sites for housing the children until they can be processed and returned. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins offered three facilities for that use - a former Dallas elementary school, a closed alternative education center in Grand Prairie and a Parkland Memorial Hospital warehouse in Dallas.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October.