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The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

An emergency shelter for migrant adolescent boys at the downtown Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center is expected to shut down in the next two weeks, the Dallas Morning News reports citing information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The state of play: The unlicensed shelter once housed roughly 2,300 minors, but has since reduced its population to about 200. Its imminent closure comes after nearly 10 weeks of operation, per the Dallas Morning News.

The big picture: The Dallas shelter opened in March to house up to 3,000 teenage boys ages 15 to 17 amid an uptick in border crossings that strained sheltering capacities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Approximately 17,000 minors who traveled without a parent or guardian were apprehended in April. Another 19,000 arrived the month prior.
  • In the first three months of President Biden's term in office, over 45,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the U.S.
  • HHS and the Department of Homeland Security released data about transfers and children in their care on Tuesday, saying 19,300 minors are currently in their care, per the Dallas Morning News.

Of note: Even as the Dallas site shrinks, others are growing. A Fort Bliss facility near El Paso, Texas currently houses about 4,500 migrant children. CNN reports officials are considering expanding that shelter.

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Abbott threatens to take school districts that defy mask mandates ban to court

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the filing of a petition Wednesday to strike down an emergency order mandating masks in schools, businesses and county buildings in Dallas County.

Why it matters: Their statement threatens that "any school district, public university or local government official that decides to defy the order will be taken to court."

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

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Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.