UPDATED 6:57 AM — Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reportedly looking to relocate migrant children in Texas as a result of overcrowding in shelters.
In a letter to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Monday, the HHS requested assistance in opening new shelters in vacant locations throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Other cities being considered are Phoenix, Arizona as well as Atlanta in an effort to avoid temporary shelters and replace them with state-licensed permanent shelters.
This comes after reports of shelters and non-profit housing becoming overwhelmed with the number of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Meanwhile, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) have officially began construction on improvements to the border in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.
On Monday, CBP announced the agency is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to improve at least 13-miles of wall system in the sector. The sections expected to undergo construction are described as “high priority” areas.
This comes as sources say nearly half of all apprehensions of illegal migrant crossings happen in the Rio Grande Valley.