A $36.9 million contract to build a tent facility in El Paso was awarded to a New York company.
Deployed Resources LLC of Rome, N.Y. was selected on Thursday to build the “soft-sided temporary facilities” in El Paso and Donna, Texas.
The contract is for four months and has four one-month options, a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
“The humanitarian and border security crisis on our Southwest border has stretched our resources and processing facilities to the breaking point,” said John P. Sanders, the senior official performing the duties of Commissioner, in the release. “These temporary facilities will support our efforts to process, care for and transfer the unprecedented number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally each day.”
The tents should be operational by May 1 and the construction will be overseen by CBP’s Office of Facilities and Asset Management.
Each tent will be able to hold up to 500 people while they wait to be transferred to ICE or Department of Health and Human Services custody.
The tents will be waterproof and have areas for eating, sleeping, recreation and hygiene. They will provide “shower trailers, chemical toilets and sinks, laundry trailers, sleeping mats, kitchen equipment, personal property storage boxes, office space, interior and perimeter closed-circuit television, lockers, security, power and HVAC services.”