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Reverend calls migrant children conditions "sophisticated squalor"

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NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Close to a thousand migrant children staying at a Border Patrol facility in Nogales are living in "sophisticated squalor," according to Reverend Jarrett Maupin.

The reverend said he made some suggestions to agents when he toured the facility Tuesday afternoon. He said hugs for the smaller children could provide reassurance. A priest or pastor might bring comfort, according to Maupin.

He said the large number of children and the paperwork that comes with them seems to be overwhelming the agents. It's meant to be a temporary holding center, but Maupin said the time it's taking to process cases is making for a longer stay.

"They're not doing well here at 10 days, 11 days, 12 days,"he said. "The best they can do is process them in 72 hours. Anything more than that and they're going to fail them, and they admitted that."

Maupin said there are so many children that agents haven't had the time to fully investigate claims of sexual assault and abuse against the children on their trek to the United States. 

Maupin said the people of the United States are now responsible for the humanitarian crisis, but he said the blame for it is elsewhere.

"The blame certainly is on the shoulders of, not only their parents, but on the multitude of Central American governments that allowed them to migrate this far north, including Mexico," he said.

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