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FEMA rejects donations for immigrant children

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NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -

Plenty of people are offering help, but so far, the federal government does not appear interested in getting outside assistance for what the White House itself has called an "urgent humanitarian crisis."

"We want to ensure that these children's needs are being met,"said Rev. Sean Carroll of the Kino Border Initiative. "It has frankly been frustrating to not get concrete feedback on a plan that would help volunteers receive donations and help the needs of these children."

The Kino Border Initiative helps immigrants in Nogales with shelter and advocacy. Carroll was set to meet with FEMA representatives Wednesday to offer assistance that has been pouring in from the community.

City Hall in Nogales has become a drop-off point for citizens looking to help those immigrant children being detained in a nearby warehouse.

So far though, none of those supplies are going anywhere because of bureaucratic red tape.

"We would like a plan from FEMA so that the local community of Nogales, NGO's and churches can be engaged in addressing those needs," said Carroll.

On Monday, the governor's director of emergency management toured the warehouse in Nogales and was briefed by FEMA and Border Patrol officials.

A spokesperson from AZ DEM says officials are in regular contact with the feds, but no requests for aid or anything else have been made to the state.

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