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Attorney General Tom Horne says the children look to be in good condition. (Source: Tucson News Now) Attorney General Tom Horne says the children look to be in good condition. (Source: Tucson News Now)
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NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne toured the holding facility in Nogales where hundreds of undocumented children, many from Central America, are being kept.

Horne was complimentary of the job FEMA has done in providing the children with basic needs.

"I think it looks very well organized," Horne said. "FEMA took the lead and they've learned a lot from Katrina and other experiences of dealing with emergencies with large number of people displaced and so they seem to be well organized to deal with feeding people, doing their laundry, they have big portable showers.

"A couple of weeks ago we were reading news stories that kids hadn't had a shower in nine days and that caused a lot of concern."

Of the children, Horne said they looked to be in good condition.

"They're being well attended to, they're clean, and their well fed," he said.

Horne feels the children need more to keep themselves occupied.

"It's a grim existence for them and they don't have anything to do," he said. "I'd like to see if they can get some books maybe. … "They didn't seem depressed to me, but they didn't have much to do either."

Horne has been outspoken about what many are calling the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Last week he formally requested the federal government to stop sending illegal immigrants to Arizona.

Today he blamed the situation on border enforcement.

"I think the crisis is caused in part by lax enforcement," he said. "When you have lax enforcement, word gets out, it spreads like wildfire and all of a sudden you get great masses of people and it's a terrible situation."

Tucson News Now's Maria Hechanova is in Nogales for Horne's visit. She can be followed on Twitter at @MariaHechanova.

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