Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:15 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:07 PM
McALLEN - The federal government has plans to turn an empty warehouse in McAllen into a processing facility for unaccompanied children.
The city of McAllen revealed construction permits for four fence-enclosed pods inside the warehouse.
The warehouse is less than a mile from the current Border Patrol station. Once renovations of the building are complete, the new processing center will be able to accommodate about 1,000 children at a time.
The young illegal immigrants will be held there while agents process them. They would later be transported to a separate location.
The Border Patrol station in McAllen is only designed to house about 430 people. At any given time it has approximately 1,000.
Officials with the city of McAllen said they are willing to expedite the permit process to help Border Patrol find more workspace.