Border Patrol closes child facility for now
HOUSTON— The U.S. Border Patrol is temporarily closing a converted warehouse used to detain immigrants in South Texas for renovation.
The McAllen facility gained international attention when images emerged of children separated from their parents detained in chain-link cages inside.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that the facility, known as the central processing center, will reopen in 2022 with a smaller capacity and “modern detention areas.” It will also have a recreation area for children.
The renovation was first reported by The Washington Post.
About 65 children, some unaccompanied and others with their parents, were detained at the facility last week.