One of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border has received a temporary residential child care license, amid discussions over whether the federal government will keep using such facilities.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins said Tuesday the agency granted the six-month license last week to the facility in Karnes City, located southeast of San Antonio. A license was sought after a federal judge said last year that kids couldn't stay in the centers because they weren't licensed to care for children.

The granting of the license comes as apprehensions of unaccompanied immigrant children and families along the southwest border increased from Oct. 1 through March 31, compared to the same time period a year earlier.