The U.S. agency responsible for handling the surge of migrants arriving by caravan at the California-Mexico border has no plans to increase its capacity to process and temporarily house the roughly 150 Central Americans waiting in Tijuana, three U.S. officials told NBC News.
During migrant surges in the past, the Obama administration erected temporary holding facilities, known as tent cities, and sent more officers to the border to process asylum claims.
But now, as more than a hundred Central American men, women and children sleep on concrete on the Mexican side of the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has no plans to increase its capacity to speed the flow of migrants into the United States.
On Sunday, CBP issued a statement that it had reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry, the processing center where migrants enter the United States from Tijuana.
“At this time, we have reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry for CBP officers to be able to bring additional persons traveling without appropriate entry documentation into the port of entry for processing,” CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement.