In the United States, the Biden administration has opened a new tent city to hold illegal migrants in Texas, US Customs and Border Protection has announced.
The “soft-sided facility” was established this week by the agency in Donna, Tx., to hold individuals originally staying at the Centralized Processing Center in McAllen, Tx.
The Donna-based facility is “weatherproof, climate-controlled, and provide ample areas for eating, sleeping, and personal hygiene,” CBP said in a statement Tuesday.
The agency went on to call the Donna location “a considerable upgrade from previous soft-sided facilities,” touting its 160,000 square feet of covered area.
The administration of former President Donald Trump, faced considerable criticism by Biden and his party over its use of temporary shelters, also known as “tent cities,” in towns across the southern border.
Being temporary, these housing facilities are typically not held to the same regulatory standards as long-term shelters.
“The Donna location was chosen because it is central to Border Patrol stations throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector,” a CBP spokesperson said this week of the newest facility.
This tent city erected under President Biden is not the first of his young administration.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services said that it would open an overflow facility able to accommodate up to 700 migrant children within the next two weeks.
In a statement released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the department announced plans to reopen a “temporary Influx Care Facility” in Carrizo Springs, Tx.
“Initially, the Carrizo Springs ICF will accommodate approximately 700 children in hard-sided structures. Additional semi-permanent (soft-sided) capacity may be added if necessary, though ORR will always prioritize placing children in hard-sided structures over semi-permanent structures,” the statement read.