SAN ANTONIO, Texas -

(AP) - An Air Force base in South Texas will once again serve as a temporary home to unaccompanied immigrant children who reach the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday night announced temporary housing for such children will be provided at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

An HHS statement says the housing, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, will handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children.

A similar emergency shelter at Lackland opened in April 2012. That shelter closed two months later when the youngsters were relocated. 

The Border Patrol last year caught on average more than 100 unaccompanied children per day along the Southwest border, totaling nearly 39,000 detentions. The Office of Refugee Resettlement placed nearly 25,000 of those in temporary shelters.

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