US. The Customs and Border Police detain migrants "partially outdoors" near a bridge inan official confirmed to CBS News on Tuesday. Border Patrol did not state how many people were being held, but US MP Veronica Escobar told Texas Monthly that "at least a few hundred" people were being held outdoors.
"During the current crisis, US Border Patrol (USBP) has had to take extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our agents and those in custody," said a Customs and Border Guard To avoid excessive overcrowding of the USBP facilities for temporary custody, any available space that provides the persons in our custody with freedom of movement, security and protection will be used as needed. During the entire intake, processing and storage of the persons in our care Some persons are held in an area near the Paso del Norte Bridge in El Paso.
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The news about the grounds was first reported by Texas Monthly. Neal Rosendorf, a professor at New Mexico State University, described the circumstances surrounding Texas Monthly as a "human dog paw."
This is not the first time that migrants have been held outdoors in El Paso. In Marchseeking asylum in El Paso, and hundreds of families were imprisoned under the bridge. The enclosure was later cleared.
Angel Canales contributed to the coverage.