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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at a press conference at the Dirksen Federal Building on June 13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at a press conference at the Dirksen Federal Building on June 13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of Homeland Security and senior officials from the White House and federal agencies will travel to Texas on Friday to tour U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

In a statement Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said Secretary Jeh Johnson and the other officials would visit those sites to “view the ongoing government-wide response to the influx of unaccompanied children across the Southwest border.”

The statement says officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Health and Human Services will be part of the group.

Thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have been entering the United States in recent months. It’s estimated that more than 47,000 have entered so far this budget year.

The announcement of Friday’s visit came a day after the state’s top Republican leaders said they have authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend an additional $1.3 million per week along border with Mexico.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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