CBP migrant processing center may not be built in El Paso, city rep. says


A CBP migrant processing center may not be built in El Paso after all. That’s according to a Facebook Post from El Paso city Rep. Peter Svarzbein.

As KTSM reported, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) earlier this month told The Washington Post that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was planning to build a facility that would be able to house as many as 800 people. 

However, after top defense officials toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday, Escobar told city officials, including Svarzbein, she was notified that the awarding of the processing center will be delayed.

According to The Washington Post, the General Services Administration posted a bid earlier this month looking for a 250,000 square foot facility on the western edge of El Paso. According to Svarzbein’s post, that location could have been the former Hoover Manufacturing Building. 

Specifications will be evaluated and re-posted, and the contracting bidding process will be reopened for two weeks.

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