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June 20th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Immigrant children flooding U.S. border, Texas AG asks for more aid

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is south of the border Friday, talking with leaders of several Central American nations about more than 50,000 children who have crossed illegally into the United States alone, many of them motivated by the false promises of migrant smugglers looking to make a profit off their desperation.

Biden is there to make it clear that these children may not stay permanently, if they are caught by the border patrol. The White House is offering financial aid to get them back home.

Meanwhile, Department of Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson is in Texas, along with several high-ranking officials, to see for themselves the chaos at the border protection facilities

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote a letter to Johnson asking for $30 million to address the crisis.

We want "to deploy the Texas Department of Public Safety to the border region to be involved in what is called a border surge, which would last for the remainder part of this calendar year," Abbott said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

The conditions these children are being kept in are far from ideal, critics are calling the warehouses where many are being held tantamount to government-sponsored child abuse.

Asked if there is a need to improve the conditions, Abbott blamed the the administration.

"Because they are under the control of the United States government, it's up to Jeh Johnson and the federal government to be able to provide them what it is they need," said Abbott.

Pressed again if he himself wants to see better conditions for the children, the Texas gubernatorial candidate said: "Of course we want to see all human beings taken care of. We want to see the humanitarian aspect fulfilled."

But that is "just one of countless things that we are asking the Obama administration to do," he added.

For more of our interview with Texas Attorney General, and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, check out the video above.

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