Construction continues this week for a temporary holding facility that will be used to accommodate hundreds of migrants crossing illegally into the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week that they had plans to build a ‘tent-city’ next to the Donna International Bridge.
Construction for the temporary holding facility is moving along very quickly. There is still no exact date as far as when it’ll be fully functional. Trucks are seen coming in and out to unload material.
The facility is expected to hold up to 500 immigrants who are in CBP custody waiting to be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing. It is all in efforts to alleviate the influx of immigrants coming into south Texas.
Although Border Patrol isn’t calling this increase a crisis, this year already Border Patrol has apprehended more people than they did during the migrant surge of 2014. CBP officials say this tent city will be fully equipped with toilets, beds, and showers for family units to clean up during their time here.
CBP officials say the holding facility will support the south Texas area, including ports of entry and border patrol stations with additional capacity. CBP will be giving the media a brief preview tour of the site.