U.S. Customs and Border Protection Builds Temporary Processing Center for Central American Immigrants in Tornillo, Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Builds Temporary Processing Center for Central American Immigrants in Tornillo, Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it is building a temporary processing center in Tornillo, Texas. The processing center is designed to house unaccompanied minors and family units who are detained at the Tornillo port of entry and other area ports and stations. According to CBP, the temporary center will provide for all of the basic needs of its estimated 500 residents; CBP claims that it is building the center to deal with the continuing influx of Central American immigrants attempting to enter the country. Not only will the facility reportedly service basic needs for existing residents of the center, but CBP claims that it will add housing, beds, toilets, and showers as needed to deal with the fluctuating population, as new immigrants attempt to enter the country and other immigrants move to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Health and Human Services. In response to the CBP announcement, local community leaders have expressed concerns about the number of people who will be held at the facility, how long the migrants will be held at the facility, and the type of access that attorneys will have to detainees. Normally, one community leader stated, attorneys have little or no access to detainees at ports of entry. Depending on the length of time that the migrants are detained, there are significant concerns with a lack of access to legal assistance. Others counter that building the temporary center at Tornillo will do much to eliminate one major problem: the unfortunate practice of holding detainees for significant periods of time in holding cells, which are not designed to house individuals for long time periods. The temporary detention center allegedly will provide more humane living conditions for the continued exodus of immigrants. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.
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