U.S Border Patrol responded to the record numbers of undocumented migrant children and family unit apprehensions by expanding its Donna holding facility.
In a release, the temporary facility near the CBP Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge in Donna will now process an additional 500 people and 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 the South Texas area until they are released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The temporary tent building in Donna processes some of the nearly 12,000 people apprehended daily in the RGV sector.
CBP signed a contract on June 14, for a new soft-sided facility in Yuma, Arizona, that is expected to open later this month.
In May 2019 the RGV sector reported a capacity for 3,363 people, and it’s a number Border Patrol officials said they exceeded.
Border Patrol reported they had more than 8,000 people in custody in May.
According to the release, CBP is continuing to work with other federal and international agencies to discourage potential illegal border crossers from embarking on the dangerous trip to enter the U.S. illegally. Family units are easy prey for coyotes and transnational criminal organizations and they can be subjected to robbery, violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking or forced labor.