Jun 23, 2014 9:29 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Nogales hotels cash in on federal workers aiding in migrant children crisis

NOGALES, Ariz. - An unexpected benefit is arising from the federal response and processing of migrant children at the Nogales Border Patrol Station: an economic boost.

The overall response to the humanitarian crisis continues to grow as federal authorities turn over hundreds of children each day and transfer them to long-term shelters.

Federal workers and contractors have flooded the City of Nogales. They provide services in everything from medical aid to catering.

$868 million has been dedicated to caring for the unaccompanied children for Fiscal Year 2014.

Local hotels are cashing in as the surge of federal workers continues.

"From what I understand most of the hotels are full...more agencies and more people are coming in and probably more people from FEMA will be coming in," said Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino.

Processing at the renovated warehouse could possibly continue through September.

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