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Homeland Security secretary to tour Karnes detention facility

Jeh Johnson to return to South Texas as criticism of immigration facility continues

SAN ANTONIO – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is heading back Karnes City to visit the Karnes County Detention Facility.

Monday's visit comes as criticism continues about the treatment of immigrants there.

Immigrant rights groups say women and children have been treated poorly since the facility opened last year.

In December, Johnson toured housing for oilfield workers in Dilley, Texas, that was in the process of being converted in anticipation of the Central American women and children who were slated to move in at the beginning of 2015.

The Dilley facility, called the Family Residential Center and operated by Corrections Corporation of America under contract by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was expected to house 2,400 family members, the largest such facility in the nation.

During his visit in December, Johnson called on Congress to fully fund border security and said illegal crossings have fallen off to the lowest point in two years.