CBP "laying the groundwork" for tent city in Donna

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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, has told The Monitor that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently "laying the groundwork" to build a tent city in Donna to accommodate the overflow of immigrants crossing illegally into South Texas. The facility will be able to hold 500 people once completed.

CBP confirmed the plans but would not immediately elaborate.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol report the months of August and September had the most Southwest border apprehensions since 2010, with by far the most arrests occurring in our RGV sector. In fiscal 2016, which ended in September, total arrests of family units were 77,674. Of those, 52,005 were in the RGV.

That’s more than in 2014, when the immigration surge began and when the national and international spotlight on immigration first highlighted McAllen and its RGV Sector.