EL PASO, Texas (KSNW) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection tent facility that will process and house migrants is being built in northeast El Paso.
A photographer with KSN sister-station in El Paso KTSM was able to see the frame of the tent facility going up at the Border Patrol Station on Gateway South. It is expected to be operational by May 1.
The facility is being built to house asylum seekers, which is expected to ease the logjam at the El Paso Ports of Entry.
A request for quotation listed the Border Patrol Station as the site location, however, it was not an official order form.
The $36.9 million contract to build a tent facility was awarded to Deployed Resources LLC of Rome, N.Y. last week.
The contract is for four months and has four one-month options, a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Each tent will be able to hold up to 500 people while they wait to be transferred to ICE or Department of Health and Human Services custody.
The tents will be waterproof and have areas for eating, sleeping, recreation and hygiene. They will provide “shower trailers, chemical toilets and sinks, laundry trailers, sleeping mats, kitchen equipment, personal property storage boxes, office space, interior and perimeter closed-circuit television, lockers, security, power and HVAC services.”