Lawmakers tour shelter for immigrant children

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Updated: 7/08 11:08 pm

PORT HUENEME, California (AP) — California lawmakers and religious leaders say they are pleased with the conditions of a temporary shelter in Ventura County for children caught crossing the border but, they're worried about the young immigrants' future.

After touring a federally-run shelter for 575 teens at a naval base in Port Hueneme (wye-NEE'-mee) Tuesday, member of the state's Latino legislative caucus and religious leaders said the children appeared happy and well cared for.

The officials observed the children ranging from 13 to 17 years old taking classes and playing sports. They were not allowed to speak with the children.

They are among tens of thousands of Central American children and families whose recent arrival at the border has brought a national debate over their status and treatment.

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