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Horne's concerns eased after touring immigrant holding center

A photo from inside the Nogales warehouse where hundreds of children are being held after crossing the border alone. (Source: AP/Donald E. King) A photo from inside the Nogales warehouse where hundreds of children are being held after crossing the border alone. (Source: AP/Donald E. King)
NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne toured the Border Patrol facility in Nogales Thursday morning housing hundreds of undocumented immigrants taken into custody in Texas and shipped to Arizona.  

Horne has been asking to see the transitional holding facility for more than a week, after reports surfaced of possible mistreatment of the juveniles and unclean conditions.  

After touring the facility, Horne said his concerns were eased.  

"I found that if things were bad they've improved quite a lot," Horne said. "They've brought in portable showers so all the kids can take showers every day. They have laundry, so they can get their laundry done every day. So they're clean. They have clean clothes. They're feeding them. Their basic needs are being met."   

Horne said he saw a lot of kids sitting around with nothing to do. There were a couple of TVs for them to watch but other than that he was worried that while their basic needs were being met, perhaps there's more that can be done to meet their mental needs. Horne suggested, if possible, he would like to get the kids some Spanish language books.  

"I interacted with the kids a little bit," he said. "I would greet them and say, 'Hola' and stuff.  Interestingly, and some psychologist would have to explain this, but the girls were much more responsive than the boys were, and I don't know why that is."   

While touring the facility, Horne said he talked with Border Patrol about his other concern that the federal government stop shipping adults to Arizona from Texas, which is overwhelmed with undocumented immigrants crossing over the border there.  

"One of the border patrol officers told me that his understanding was that they were not going to do that." Horne said. "Now, I still need a more formal answer from the Department of Homeland Security. I've given them a cease and desist demand and I need a response, an official response. "  

Horne also expressed concern to the agents that he believes they are being too lenient on undocumented immigrants and that's why we're seeing this massive influx through the Southwest states.

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