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Jun 28, 2014 1:11 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Protesters ask for better care of migrant children

NOGALES - A couple dozen people attended a vigil for the Central American children held at the Border Patrol station Friday.

Richard Boren delivered a letter from the group to the gated compound.

"I expect they'll be hostile as usual," Boren said. "I think it's rare to find them in a good mood."

An agent opened the gate and took the letter without any problems.

"Now whether they will do anything with the letter, I have my doubts," he said. "But at least it was delivered. And hopefully, all the public attention that's been given will lead to improvements."

The vigil was organized by the Border Patrol Victims Network. They usually focus on what they call unnecessary Border Patrol violence, but Friday was about the migrant children.

All of the politicians and leaders who have visited the facility have said Border Patrol is treating the children as well as possible. The group does not believe agents are being abusive, but they do not think there is a humane way to put hundreds of children in the warehouse.

Miranda Clendening marched to the Border wall with the group. She does not believe the children should be deported.

"I don't know all the political answers, but the best answer is take care of the kids the right way, right now," she said. "I think we have much more resources to take care of them."

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