(CNSNews.com) – As unaccompanied children and “family units” continue pouring across the southern border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Wednesday it has opened a “temporary holding facility” near an international bridge in Donna, Texas.
The facility, a 40,000-square-foot white tent, can hold up to 500 people, and it will remain open “pending any changes in the volume of people arriving at the ports of entry or crossing the border between the ports in South Texas.”
CBP said some individuals may have to stay in the holding facility for up to 72 hours until CBP finishes processing them (identification and preliminary health checks). After that, the illegal aliens will be turned over to either the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-ORR) or ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
“CBP officers and agents remain committed to upholding our border security mission and enforcing our immigration laws while treating those with whom we come in contact with the highest degree of professionalism, dignity and respect,” said David P. Higgerson, Director of Field Operations in the Laredo Field Office.
CBP said it is continuing to work with other federal and international agencies to discourage potential illegal border crossers from making the dangerous trip to enter the U.S. illegally. But the warnings of what can happen to children and other vulnerable migrants are not having the intended effect.
According to the Associated Press, the number of apprehensions along the Southwest border is running close to 2,000 a day, with most people turning themselves in.
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