Contract for CBP Tent Processing Centers Approved

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 April 19, 2019 10:44 AM April 19, 2019 in News - Local

WESLACO – The contract to begin construction of "soft sided structures" that will function as temporary processing centers along the border was approved Thursday, Apr. 18.

Customs and Border Protection filed the fast-tracked contract six days prior to its approval.

Within the documents they stated they needed to work quickly to address the immigration surge at the border.

Their deadline to build the facilities in El Paso and Donna, Texas is set for April 30.

The facilities will expand processing space for Border Patrol.

It will be designed to provide temporary housing, meals, showers, clean clothes, and a medical area for immigrant families and children coming into the country alone.

It's described as a soft-sided facility that can be used for eight months starting in May with a base cost of  $19,212,800 with the option to extend month-by-month through December for a total cost of $37,225,600.

According to the federal bidding site, the total cost of the awarded contract is $36,870,400.

During the Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan visit to the Rio Grande Valley this week, he indicated the department is working to create additional processing space.

By overriding the traditional bidding process and working with a company CBP stated, Deployed Resources, worked with the agency in 2016, documents state the facility would be completed by Apr. 30, 2019. 

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