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NOGALES, Ariz. - A senior White House official told FOX News that they consider the sudden influx of immigrants from Central America who cross into the United States, an "urgent humanitarian crisis".

The Consulate of Honduras said that 95% of the kids told him that both or one of the parents is living in the United States. It may be some time before they are reunited, until then they are calling an old detention facility home.

Tony Benegas is the Honorary Consulate to Honduras, was inside the holding facility in Nogales, Arizona where more than 1,000 migrant children are now being held.

"There's hundreds of kids laying in these cages, and they're wired, and sleeping on plastic containers," said Benegas.

The children are coming from a number of countries in Central America after being detained in Texas.

Benegas describes the situation as chaotic, as officials scramble to take care of the influx of children.

"It breaks my heart, these girls everytime they walk by the cell they are begging me, "please get me out of here"," said Benegas.

Several photos were leaked from inside the facility, they show hundreds of cots setup for kids to sleep on. Benegas also said that there aren't enough cots for everyone. Some children were sleeping on mats on the floor with mylar emergency blankets.

Portable restrooms and showers were also brought into the facility.

"The challenge right now, the bottleneck so to speak, is all the shelters, there's no rooms, they're full. So they're just waiting for an opening and so there could be an opening anywhere in the United States. Then they will be flown there and start the reunification process, that's why it's taking so long," said Benegas.

After the reunification meeting, Benegas said the children will be given a court date. "Based n the status of the onarent, some of the parents are U.S. Citizens, and others are legal residents, some may not have legal status, but that's up to the judge to decide what to do," he said.

The federal government has opened three military bases in Oklahoma, Texas, and California to house some of the children temporarily.

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