New tent processing center in Donna will begin receiving immigrants

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New tent processing center in Donna will begin receiving immigrants. ( Source KGBT photo)

Thousands of immigrants are caught daily just in the Río Grande Valley sector alone.

But as of Friday morning, a new tent facility in Donna will be open to help with the overwhelming amount of migrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said it’s a more humane manner of processing and keeping track of migrants who were caught crossing the border illegally.

The temporary tent building in Donna will process some of the nearly 12,000 people apprehended daily in the RGV sector.

“The purpose for us constructing this facility is the unprecedented numbers of families and unaccompanied children that are crossing within this [sector],” said Carmen Qualia, a spokesperson with Border Patrol.

That is why officials say the air-conditioned facility next to the Donna Río Bravo International Bridge will be so crucial.

Officials add the new facility will serve as an extension to the Úrsula processing center in south McAllen.

This new temporary 40,000 square foot facility will allow apprehended migrants to take showers and receive medical attention, along with a hot meal.

After several recent cases of migrants dying while in custody, such as the recent death of a 16-year old boy in Del Río, CBP said they will be prioritizing the health of every migrant they process.

Migrants in need of urgent medical help will be taken to area hospitals.

All migrants that enter the facility will be checked-in using finger print scanners and cameras and will be asked about their medical history.

Unaccompanied children will be handed over to the Office of Refugee and Resettlement.

All migrants will be released into the community within 72 hours.

For Border Patrol however, it’s still uncertain if the facility will help ease the processing of migrants.

“I hope it’s enough,” Qualia said. “We don’t know what we don’t know.”

The soft-sided temporary facility in Donna will begin receiving apprehended migrants no later than Friday morning.

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