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The head of U.S. Homeland Security spoke out about the hundreds of undocumented children from Central America who are being transferred to Arizona from overcrowded facilities in Texas.

There are more than a 1,000 children right now at a makeshift processing center in Nogales that is nearly two-thirds full. 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about the situation less than an hour ago.  Johnson laid out his plans to handle this crisis.  The big question, what happens next for these kids?

Major points covered in the press conference were that Homeland Security will be using military bases to house and process these kids and whether these children will get any special treatment when it comes to citizenship. 

Johnson said these children are a priority for removal, and they will not be eligible for an earned path to citizenship. 

He did not answer the question on what happens if parents come to claim their children, but are here illegally. Johnson said he is not assuming all the parents connected to these kids are illegal immigrants.

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