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Detained migrant children got no toothbrush, no soap, no sleep. It’s no problem, government argues.

A three-judge panel questioned whether government lawyers sincerely believed they could describe the temporary detention facilities as “safe and sanitary.”

A migrant holds an infant child inside a holding area under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge to be taken to area processing facilities in El Paso on March 27, 2019. Carlos Antunez, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman for the El Paso Sector, said they were among the latest group of about 3,000 migrants who presented themselves to border agents along the border fence in the El Paso area. The migrants mostly come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he said, adding that local Border Patrol resources are being diverted to dealing the with increase in migrant arrivals in order to provide shelter, food, water and transporting the sick to local health facilities. This has led to the closure of checkpoints along I-10, U.S. 54 and U.S. 62-180 in New Mexico. U.S. Coast Guard emergency medical technicians are also on hand to assist, Antunez said.

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