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Beginning last Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials began accepting foreign children at a warehouse location in Nogales. (Source: CBS 5 News) Beginning last Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials began accepting foreign children at a warehouse location in Nogales. (Source: CBS 5 News)
CBS 5 News learned CBP agents in the Tucson Sector are being pulled off field duty to assist with the influx of children in Nogales. (Source: CBS 5 News) CBS 5 News learned CBP agents in the Tucson Sector are being pulled off field duty to assist with the influx of children in Nogales. (Source: CBS 5 News)
"There are some children wearing masks. A few complained to me of chest pains being out in the cold for so long," said Tony Banegas, consul of Honduras to Arizona. (Source: 104.1 KQTH) "There are some children wearing masks. A few complained to me of chest pains being out in the cold for so long," said Tony Banegas, consul of Honduras to Arizona. (Source: 104.1 KQTH)
NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -

Unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended along the border in South Texas and transported to Nogales are now being ferried to locations in Pinal County, CBS 5 News has learned.

Beginning last Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials began accepting foreign children at a warehouse location in Nogales, where they were being processed and immunized. The facility was formerly used as a processing location but had been vacant for several years, according to a source familiar with the location.

According to recently released statistics from CBP, 195 "unaccompanied alien children," as they are labeled by the federal government, are apprehended on average each day crossing the border into Texas.

Agents and facilities in Texas are ill-equipped to handle the massive influx of children and have resorted to flying them to Tucson and then busing them to the facility in Nogales.

Nogales is meant to be a temporary stopover for the children, who will eventually be taken to military facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and California that have temporary detention centers.

CBS 5 News learned CBP agents in the Tucson Sector are being pulled off field duty to assist with the influx of children in Nogales.

As of Sunday evening, about 1,000 children were believed to be housed inside the warehouse.

"The conditions are improving," said Tony Banegas, consul of Honduras to Arizona. "What happened today is they added four showers. Some of the girls were able to take their first shower in 10 days. They're planning to build 60 in the next few days."

Banegas and his fellow consuls from Central American countries are the only outsiders allowed into the facility. They take information from the children and allow them to use their phones to contact family members.

Banegas says 236 Hondurans are in the facility. Among them are a 16-month-old baby and a pregnant 16-year-old girl.

"There are some children wearing masks. A few complained to me of chest pains being out in the cold for so long," Banegas said.

Pictures of the inside obtained by a Tucson radio station showed one youth wearing a surgical mask, likely to prevent the spread of illness.

Difficulties continue with food service, Banegas said.

"This morning they switched to burritos, but they complained the eggs were cold. They couldn't eat them and even made them sick. They complained they had a burrito but had to throw it in the trash," Banegas said.

CBS 5 News first met Banegas on Wednesday, where he has been assisting families being dropped at the Greyhound bus station in Phoenix.

He is an honorary consul to Honduras, meaning it is not his full-time job, but the immigration situation has made it one.

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