No immigrant children being held in new processing center

No immigrant children being held in new processing center
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 4:44pm

The warehouse in McAllen that will operate as a new centralized processing center for unaccompanied minors is not holding any children yet.

During a press conference yesterday, Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks announced that the facility would officially open this morning at 8 a.m. However, Border Patrol spokesperson Omar Zamora confirmed that the warehouse will be empty of unaccompanied immigrant children today.

Zamora said that the warehouse is still undergoing construction and is not quite ready for children to be moved to the facility.

He did not disclose when the processing center will begin holding and processing unaccompanied minors.

Members of the media toured the facility yesterday to get a firsthand look at the space.

The warehouse is capable of holding up to 1,000 children. Inside, it features chainlink walls and foam rubber mats for the children to sleep on.

The facility will provide amenities such as food, showers, medical care, and a recreational area.

Zamora said that Border Patrol will not be accepting donations that are dropped off at the warehouse. Anyone wanting to donnate items such as blankets and clothing should do so through the City of McAllen and specify that it is for the McAllen processing center for unaccompanied minors.

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