EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has built a temporary tent at the Border Patrol Station in Northeast El Paso.
Before migrants can be housed in it, KTSM is bringing you inside the tent structure.
The climate and water-proof tent will be able to temporarily house up to 500 people.
The facility will feature showers, sleeping mats, storage boxes, surveillance cameras, and room for medical evaluations and processing.
CBP officials tell KTSM the agency hopes Thursday’s media tour helps them be as transparent as possible to the public.
“This Is not any secret to anybody, what’s happening right now at the border should not be a secret to anybody,” one agent said. “We would rather bring you out here and let you see what we have and let you see what we’re going to do, rather than make this a suspicious activity.”
CBP officials have repeatedly said the structure is necessary to help meet the demands of more immigrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Because of the huge volume that we’re seeing, our facilities that are existing are over-run and have been over capacity for months at a time the capacity in ep is generally 12 hundred people but we’ve been well over that for a long time,” said Roger Maier with CBP.
In El Paso, the number of unaccompanied children apprehended so far this year is up by 333% from 1,746 at this time last year to 7,565.
The number of families apprehended is up from 3,027 at this time last year to 53,565. That is a 1,670% increase.
The number of adult apprehensions is up 60% from 6,202 to 9,933.