Jun 21, 2014 8:16 PM by Nathan O'Neal
NOGALES, Ariz. - Congressman Raul Grijalva got his first look inside the Border Patrol facility processing hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America.
Grijalva refused to go inside the facility for a tour earlier this week because the group of faith leaders who were with him were denied access by federal officials.
The processing site is supposed to rotate children out within 72 hours of their arrival.
Border agents expect the ongoing stream of work to continue possibly through September. Keeping that in mind, Grijalva said the feds must remain open to outside help.
"One of the things that needs to be worked on is how we work with the religious community and how we work with non-governmental agencies and non-profits so that there's a protocol and they can come and help and Border Patrol can still feel secure that all the protections the kids need are in place," Grijalva said.
He was joined by a group of faith leaders, including Pastor Alison Harrington of the Southside Presbyterian Church.
"It's really heart breaking... and it's hard not to get choked up in there just to see kids as young as six and seven in a facility like this is just not right," Harrington said.
Grijalva said it's especially important to fund the response to this humanitarian crisis as several new shelters prepare to house the wave of immigrant children at sites all across the country.
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