Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:38 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 6:00 PM
McALLEN - A new immigrant processing facility is set to open Friday in McAllen.
The facility is at the intersection of Ware Road and Ursula Avenue and will cater to unaccompanied minors.
Starting Friday, the Border Patrol will be able to handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors inside the 55,000-square-foot facility.
The facility is a system of wire mesh cages in four separate pods. The children will sleep on foam rubber mats on the floor. Each pod will have an elevated observation post so agents can keep an eye on the detainees.
The children will be at the site for about 72 hours before being shipped to temporary shelters like the one at Lackland Air Force Base. The children are then released in about 15 days with a notice to appear at an immigration court at a later date.