California top prosecutor assisting young migrants

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Updated: 7/24/2014 3:20 pm

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America as they undergo immigration hearings.

Harris said Thursday that the surge in young immigrants is "a humanitarian crisis," echoing comments a day earlier by Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat.

Brown said that the state "is willing to do its part" but offered no details on actions he might take.

Harris said the federal government is ultimate responsible for dealing with the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

She called it a "shame" that Congress has not acted on immigration reform.

Harris' comments came after she presented valor awards to law enforcement officers at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento.

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