U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday that it has erected additional temporary detention facilities, according to CBP.
CBP is responding to overwhelming numbers of migrant crossings, especially family units, at the Southern border.
“Southwest Border-wide, there is a more than 400 percent increase (since fiscal year 2018) in family apprehensions,” said U.S. Border Patrol Associate Chief Matthew Roggow in a press release.
According to CBP, two temporary steel structures opened in Donna and El Paso, Texas on May 4. The purpose of the project is to create safety for both law enforcement officials and migrants. Migrants in these facilities have full access to food, water, sanitation, and health care, according to CBP.
“If something is discovered in the medical screening, the individual will be taken to the hospital immediately,” Roggow said.
Earlier this month, SaraACarter.com reported the tragic death of a 16 year-old migrant in U.S. custody after suffering an ailment he had already had prior to arrival. The young man was immediately taken to the hospital by law enforcement when he first complained of being ill. Former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan, told this news site that law enforcement stationed at the border dedicate themselves to the health and wellbeing of migrants making what he called a ‘dangerous journey’ into the U.S.