NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Touring the facility for the first time, self-proclaimed Arizona civil rights advocate, Rev. Jarrett Maupin, called the warehouse where border agents are housing hundreds of undocumented and unaccompanied children, "sophisticated squalor."
"I realized we had a true humanitarian crisis on our hands when we walked into that warehouse and a wave of young people rushed to chain link because they're in a really hopeless situation," Maupin said during a press conference, Tuesday.
"As far as taking care of them, some of them haven't even showered in more than ten days," Rev. J.T. Torres added.
A member of the Progressive Christian Coalition, Maupin says inside the facility, children, ages 0 to 17, are sleeping on military grade camping mats with foil blankets. To date, his take on the conditions contradicted what has been previously been reported.
"We need to get these children out of this border patrol processing facility as soon as humanly possible," Maupin continued.
Members of human rights organization, Border Action Network, visited the facility on Monday. A spokesperson for the group tells 9OYS, while the environment is not "conducive to children" they believe border agents are doing the very best they can in what they call an "impossible situation." The group is currently in Washington, D.C. to discuss the issues in Nogales and what they refer to as an overall humanitarian crisis on the United States-Mexico border.
Calls to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in Washington, D.C. were not returned.