CBP opens temporary shelters for families, children crossing border

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U.S. Border Patrol agents walk down the hallway of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporary facility near the Donna International Bridge, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Donna, Texas. Officials say the site will primarily be used as a temporary site for processing and care of unaccompanied migrant children and families and will increase […]

The US Customs and Border Protection opened temporary facilities in Texas in response to the children and families crossing the border.

CBP announced the openings Thursday saying the two facilities were opened in El Paso and Donna.

“Our officers and agents are encountering a record number of families and children on the Southwest border and the U.S. Border Patrol’s facilities are stretched beyond capacity,” said John P. Sanders, senior official performing the functions and duties of commissioner in a statement. “I have seen first-hand the dedication and compassion of our frontline personnel who need additional resources to respond to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis. These temporary facilities are necessary to care for and transition those in our custody into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Health and Human Services.”

Each weather proof and climate-controlled facility, according to the CBP, will accommodate about 500 people, according to the release.

The facilities are equipped with shower trailers, chemical toilets and sinks, laundry trailers, sleeping mats, kitchen equipment, personal property storage boxes, office space, interior and perimeter closed circuit television, lockers, and more, CBP says.


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