- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Federal border protection officials are having a temporary detention center built near El Paso to accommodate hundreds of families and unaccompanied children entering the country illegally.

The El Paso Times (https://bit.ly/2fAZqbr) reports the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is having the center built at the Tornillo (tohr-NEE’-yoh) port of entry, about 30 miles southeast of El Paso. A CBP statement says the center will accommodate up to 500 people and is to respond to a recent influx of immigrants from Central America.

Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House in El Paso, said the surge is forcing CBP to keep migrants for days, even weeks, in holding cells not designed for that purpose. He said the surge that began up to three weeks ago has involved about 1,000 migrants weekly.

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Information from: El Paso Times, https://www.elpasotimes.com


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