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Jun 8, 2014 1:25 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Nogales collecting donations for illegal immigrant children

NOGALES - The Nogales Mayor's Office and the Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors are collecting clothes for illegal immigrant children being held the Nogales Border Patrol Station.

About 700 children under the age of 17 are in Border Patrol custody without their parents. They cannot be easily deported because they are from Central American countries. Hundreds more are expected.

The Nogales Mayor, Arturo Garino, said Border Patrol is always helping his community and he wants to return the favor.

"We still have to work with Homeland Security and Border Patrol to see if they're going to be able to accept these things," Garino said. "I'm sure there's going to be a need for it."

Clothing donations for children from 1 to 17 years old can be dropped off at the Nogales City Hall.

"As a nation, we should be proud of to help and assist," Garino said. "It's humanitarian. We should all be part of it, and we should all help."

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