U.S. customs and border officials (CBP) have confirmed the closing of the second temporary holding facility since Trump was sworn in as president. In addition, border apprehension numbers have fallen in January, for the first time in months.
According to Breitbart, “The Tornillo Temporary Holding Facility suspended operations, effective February 14, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from CBP spokesman Rober Maier.”
The facility was opened in November 2016 when border apprehension numbers were particularly high, especially for unaccompanied children. Now that the U.S. has taken a strong stance on illegals crossing the border, the facility can close “due to a continual decline in the total number of apprehended and inadmissible alien migrants.”
The station was about 40 miles East of El Paso. It is being left in a state that it can be used again in case the numbers rise, the facility is able to become fully functional quickly.
Breitbart further reports:
Breitbart Texas reported November border figures increased for the fifth consecutive month with a total of 47,214 illegal aliens being apprehended. That number represented a 44 percent increase over November 2015, officials stated.
During the first three months of the fiscal year beginning October 1, the last full quarter of the Obama Administration, CBP officials reported a 109 percent increase in total apprehensions. A total of 136,670 migrants were apprehended during that period.
With the January 20 inauguration of the new president approaching, preliminary numbers for January indicated a drop in apprehensions along the border. CNN reported the decline could possibly be attributed to the “expected tough plans” of President Trump to deal with border security and illegal immigration.
The closure of the Tornillo processing station comes just three days after officials shut down the Donna, Texas, temporary holding facility.
Border Patrol officials moved 150 agents to the Rio Grande Valley Sector in November to help with the surge of migrant apprehensions. Officials have not yet stated if those agents are being returned to their home sectors.
Official numbers for January apprehensions are expected to be released in the next week.