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Crisis at the Border, more visits to the Nogales holding facility

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Several politicians and faith-based leaders have visited the holding facility in Nogales, including Congressman Raul Grijalva.  This weekend he and a group of leaders finally got inside to see the conditions for themselves. 

The Representative canceled his first visit because Border Patrol Agents would not let them all into the facility. There are several more visits to the facility happening this week. 

The Consul of Honduras says the First Lady of Honduras will visit the Nogales detention center sometime this week, no word yet on when exactly that will be.  Meanwhile, according to Newsweek, she is here to find the Honduran children who were caught trying to cross the U.S. border.

Over the weekend, after their tour of the facility, Congressman Grijalva and his group of church leaders stopped for a moment of silence and prayer.  The hundreds of children inside are staying anywhere from three to seven days.

Grijalva continues to call this a humanitarian crisis, and he believes agents are doing the best they can, but they still need more resources.  He says this is where Congress comes in.  He wants lawmakers to put politics aside and make these children a priority.

"Provide resources, but stay out of micro-managing what I think is a very delicate situation," said Grijalva. "As much as other people want to politicize it about how we need the national guard and we need other things to happen, the fact remains what you do have this situation, 825 kids that should be the priority right now, dealing with that and the politics will play themselves out."

He add the U.S. and the countries where these children are from - Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador need to work together to come up with a solution.  He also suggests the consulates in the area should be here more to help the children on a daily basis.

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