• May 25, 2022
 Temporary immigration detention facilities to open in El Paso, Rio Grande Valley

Land is being cleared outside the Border Patrol station headquarters in El Paso. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Temporary immigration detention facilities to open in El Paso, Rio Grande Valley

El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley are less than two weeks away from the scheduled opening of temporary detention centers that will each house up to 500 migrants who have crossed the border to seek asylum.

The facilities, commonly referred to as a “tent cities,” are the federal government’s response to the ongoing crush of migrants, mainly from Central America, who continue to cross into Texas after traveling through Mexico.

“U.S. Customs & Border Protection urgently needs to provide for additional shelter capacity to accommodate individuals in CBP’s custody throughout the southwest border,” CBP said in a written statement. “The overwhelming number of individuals arriving daily to the U.S. has created an immediate need for additional processing space in El Paso, Texas and Donna, Texas.”

On Thursday, a U.S. Border Patrol official who asked not to be named said the facility would likely be at the agency’s station in northeast El Paso near U.S. Highway 54. Bulldozers and tractors with flattening rollers could be seen Thursday at the site, which also included five small, military-style tents used to house migrants. The CBP office in El Paso would not confirm that the station would be the location of the new facility.

The federal government’s solicitation for vendors names Deployed Resources of Rome, New York, as the company the government is in negotiations with to supply kitchen equipment, showers, laundries, bathrooms and office space. The solicitation says the government only plans to negotiate with one company “because the facilities need to be established by April 30, 2019.” The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the contract.

The two facilities will cost about $37.2 million through the end of the year, according to federal documents.

The opening of the new facilities would come just more than three months after the Trump administration shut down a similar facility in nearby Tornillo, about 20 miles east of the El Paso city limits. That facility was erected in June and housed hundreds of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border to seek asylum.

Temporary facilities have been used for years to house undocumented immigrants when U.S. Border Patrol facilities are beyond their capacity to shelter migrants. The Obama administration opened a temporary facility at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force base in 2014 in response to a surge of unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border. And in 2016, a facility opened at the Tornillo site in response to another surge of unaccompanied minors and families crossing the border, the El Paso Times reported.

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Author: JULIÁN AGUILARThe Texas Tribune

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  • The Obama administration opening up a detention facility due to a surge in illegal immigrants goes uncontested. The Trump administration does it and the leftists have a total meltdown. Regardless the majority of Americans are against illegal immigration. President Trump will win the 2020 election by a landslide.

    • The left has nothing to run on. They put all of their eggs in the Mueller basket and now have nothing. No collusion and no obstruction, as there was no crime to obstruct. I wonder what Alberto will change his handle to now?

      • Alberto is still ranting like a madman as usual. Doubling and tripling down. Nothing will ever change that. Severe case of TDS. He’s too far gone. He seriously needs medical help though. He shows liberalism is truly a mental disease.

  • It’s nice to see Ping and Pong posting their comments side by side of each other. These are nothing more but interment camps for immigrant prisoners seeking asylum in the United States.
    Regardless that the majority of all Americans favor the asylum seekers coming in from Central America!
    Only the republican racist bigots favor these interment camps! it must remind them of the NAZI Adolf Hitler in which Donald Trump has no problem duplicating his acts.
    The majority of Americans are the 70 million plus democrats that will vote in the 2020 presidential elections! and the hundreds of millions more that favor the immigrants seeking asylum.
    Mad Mikey has a problem with the handle of the Trump Pinata! his hands are way too small for the bat handle.
    The fatter he grows into obesity the smaller the grip of the hand he has to take a good swing at the Donald Trump Pinata. Maybe if he stands on top of a bed he can reach the Pinata,but then he might end up clobbering Fero or hit him on his goat horns.
    Muller’s gone now, but the party is raging on now more than ever before! lets give the Mexican children a chance to hit the Donald Trump Pinata and crack the clay pot full of candies and goodies.
    Fero, did you get to hit the Donald Trump Pinata yet?

    • Another personality, eh Alberto? Alberto for prison in 2020

    • Alberto posting fake news again and continuing his delusional rants. BTW – The majority of Americans are against illegal immigration period. Nice try but no cigar. LMAO.

  • BLOTUS was quoted that his administration is now GONE!! He also stated that he was f****d due to his corrupt actions. The House needs to hammer this one down and then we will see if the Senate has a “spine” In the meantime, there are 7 other investigations on going; Prosecutors in D.C., N.Y., and VA are chompin’ at the bit to tear him up. Now would be a good time to hum “Rikers Island Here We Come” to the tune of California here we come. Have a NICE ONE FOLKS!

    • Look it’s another moronic libtard with Trump Derangement Syndrome spreading fake news. You are living in a fantasy world. You are pitifully trying to take what President Trump said out of context to push your failed narrative and wishful delusional thinking. The bottom line pursuant to the Mueller report is there was no collusion and obstruction of justice. Game over. What President Trump said in reference to Mueller being appointed is “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency,” Trump said. “It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.” He wasn’t talking about or admitting to any alleged corrupt actions as you claim. Nice try but no cigar. I bet you thought Mueller was going to be your savior. Now it’s SDNY? LMAO. BTW – Happy TDS for the next 6 years.

    • Libtards pinning hopes on SDNY and other politically motivated meaningless investigations? ………………..PRICELESS! It’s the talking point you can hear through all the tears. Womp! Womp!

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