EAGLE PASS, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the opening of a soft-sided facility in Eagle Pass, Texas. The facility’s primary purpose is to safely and expeditiously process individuals in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
The facility is built to provide the standard plastic child bubbles seen in the Donna, Texas camp, complete with non-CDC compliant waiting areas, sitting areas and sleeping quarters. The socially-distance lacking facility also features concrete floors for children to sleep on and dirt floors.
The facility will be weatherproof, climate-controlled, and is expected to provide ample areas for eating, sleeping, and personal hygiene. The new facility’s design is similar to that of recently constructed soft-sided facilities. The 90,000 square foot facility sits on five acres adjacent to the Eagle Pass South Station, which houses the Del Rio Sector Central Processing Center. The temporary facility will provide additional processing capacity for Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector.
Since April 2020, CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters from the Western Hemisphere due in part to worsening economic conditions brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic and natural disasters affecting the area.
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