DONNA, Texas (February 9, 2021)— U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the opening of a soft-sided facility in Donna, Texas. The facility’s primary purpose is to safely process individuals in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
The facility is weatherproof, climate-controlled, and is expected to provide ample areas for eating, sleeping, and personal hygiene. The new facility’s design is a considerable upgrade from previous soft-sided facilities. The 160,000 square foot facility sits on 45 acres. The temporary facility was built to provide processing capacity for Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector while the permanent Centralized Processing Center in McAllen is undergoing renovation.
Since April 2020, CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters from the Western Hemisphere due to worsening economic conditions brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic and natural disasters impacting the area. The Donna location was chosen because it is central to Border Patrol stations throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector.