EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — U.S. immigration officials say they will close a migrant holding area under a bridge connecting El Paso with Juarez, Mexico, that is just a short distance from where a senior official declared an “operational crisis” at the border last week.
In a statement Sunday, Customs and Border Protection says that migrants being held under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge will be relocated to to the Customs and Border Protection El Paso station — a place with more space and shelter.
The holding area is a few hundred yards from where Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan Wednesday announced that 750 border inspectors will be reassigned to cope with an influx of families from Central American seeking asylum.
The area, that officials called a “transitional“ camp, held hundreds of migrants in a pen surrounded by fencing and razor wire under the shade of a bridge.
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