The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency raised two temporary steel-framed shelters to take on the unprecedented number of illegal immigrant families and children arriving at the southwest U.S. border in El Paso, Texas.
Temporary migrant shelters have been up since May 4 due to at least a 400 percent increase in family apprehensions, said U.S. Border Patrol Associate Chief Matthew Roggow, who helped coordinate the projects from Washington, according to a statement released by CBP.
The surge of illegals being apprehended as they enter the country is leaving Border Patrol facilities and its agents “stretched thin” as they process and care for families, unaccompanied children, and single adults.
— CBP West Texas (@CBPWestTexas) May 17, 2019
CBP stated that these extra responsibilities are detracting from their law enforcement duties.
Shelter structures are weatherproof, climate-controlled, and are approximately 100 feet wide by 400 feet long. The lodging provides areas for eating, sleeping, recreation, and personal hygiene for up to 500 people.
According to the U.S. Border Protection website “There’s also separate areas for processing people and medical evaluations, as well as showers, chemical toilets and sinks, laundry facilities, trailers, sleeping mats, kitchen equipment, personal property storage boxes, office space, interior, and perimeter closed-circuit television, lockers, security, and power.”
Those in custody have mats, blankets, hot meals and snacks, drinking water, diapers, wipes, clothing sets, and hygiene kits. All incoming migrants receive a medical evaluation upon arrival.
CBP has ensured that there are always medical resources available.
“The reality is our facilities were built for single adults. They weren’t built for the current demographics that we’re detaining,” Roggow said. “Having all these resources within the new facilities allows for more efficient care for arriving migrants and reduces the demand on agents to provide transportation, Roggow added.