Posted: May 29, 2014 10:13 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2014 7:50 AM
McALLEN - The U.S. General Services Administration is helping solve the overcrowding at the McAllen Border Patrol Station.
The GSA on Thursday sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS the following statement:
"The needs of the Department of Homeland Security in McAllen, TX, are growing rapidly to address the influx of traffic coming into the United States. GSA is responsible for responding to the need by providing work spaces to accommodate this growth.
We are working closely with DHS and local officials in McAllen to implement immediate, short-term and long-term solutions that include temporary and modular facilities.
To best serve our customer agencies when providing space solutions, GSA works as a team to utilize the expertise from both the Public Buildings Service, PBS, and Federal Acquisition Service, FAS.
Federal agencies pay for GSA real estate services through the Federal Buildings Fund. The fund allows GSA to pay for the rental space and be reimbursed by federal agencies for this cost of providing the space."
McAllen Fire Marshal Juan Salinas says three or four portable buildings, each with the capacity for 125 people, will come to the McAllen station from Border Patrol Facilities in Arizona within three weeks.
Salinas says Border Patrol is also looking to renovate an old Border Patrol station on West Military Highway to be used for intake purposes.
McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez said Border Patrol has yet to submit any permit paperwork for the new structures, but the city is willing to expedite the permit process.
Salinas says the current McAllen Border Patrol station is only built to hold 459 people, including staff. Right now the station holds over 1,000 people, most illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico.