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CBP Statement

Release Date: 
November 30, 2016

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is standing up a temporary holding facility adjacent to the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge in Donna, Texas to provide additional capacity for unaccompanied children and family units in CBP custody at Ports of Entry and U.S. Border Patrol stations in the area.

The temporary site can hold up to 500 people and will provide additional space for those in CBP custody awaiting transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing, detention, and/or removal, or to the Department of Health and Human Services. CBP, assisted by approved contractors onsite, will ensure the basic needs of those in CBP custody are met. CBP will also regularly assess whether to expand these facilities or keep this temporary facility operational based on the volume of people arriving at or between our Ports of Entry, or crossing the border in the South Texas area. CBP is prepared to add housing, beds, toilets, and bathing facilities as necessary.

CBP continues to work with other federal and international agencies to discourage individuals from embarking on the dangerous trip to enter the United States illegally.

 CBP will host a media preview event and tour at the facility in the near future and have additional information available at that time.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017