Mexico attends thousands of unaccompanied migrant minors

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Migrant children sleep on a mattress on the floor of the AMAR migrant shelter in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Asylum-seekers grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Migration Institute says child protection officials have assisted since December more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors, most of them from Central America.

The institute shared images online Thursday of child protection workers painting with grade school age children, and reading them stories. The agency said it ensures that the children are adequately fed, clothed, rested and that their basic health needs are met.

The agency said officials also update children on their migration status and make sure they are in regular contact with their family members via telephone.

Most of the children were born in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua.

The agency said it has also assisted since December more than 5,000 Mexican children who have been repatriated from the U.S.