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Report: Hundreds of Migrant Children Detained at Border Patrol Facilities Beyond Legal Time Limits

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Unreleased government data indicates that hundreds of the nearly 2,000 children being held in border facilities have been detained longer than the legally allowed 72 hours after apprehension, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

According to the Post, some of the migrant children—most of whom arrived at the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians—have spent more than a week at Border Patrol stations and processing centers. But legally, Border Patrol has to transfer the minors to Department of Health and Human Services shelters more appropriate for housing them within 72 hours of taking them........

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