Emergency Facility For Child Migrants Opens On Arizona Border

By Jude Joffe-Block
June 09, 2014

Federal officials opened a processing center on the Arizona border over the weekend to temporarily house unaccompanied child migrants. A surge of children coming from Central America without their parents has overwhelmed federal facilities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement they have updated a processing center in Nogales, Ariz., with showers, laundry, additional bedding and a medical screening area. 

The facility can house 1,500 unaccompanied children, and will serve as a way-station before these migrants are transferred to other sites. 

Several hundred children have reportedly arrived at the facility already. 

Many were flown to Tucson from South Texas, where they were caught crossing the border.

Since October, border agents made more than 47,000 apprehensions of unaccompanied children, a 92 percent increase from the year before.