The Biden administration will open a shelter in Pecos, Texas to house some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have arrived at the border.
The Target Lodge Pecos North ICF facility will house 500 initially but can be expand to up to 2,000 minors, NBC News reported.
Immigration officials have warned of a dramatic increase in unaccompanied youth coming into the United States from the southern border, with more than 5,049 minors out of the 9,83o immigrants in border patrol custody.
More than 500 children were in custody for at least ten days, beyond the three-day legal limit, as border shelters for minors have run out of room.
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS is aggressively working with our interagency partners to ensure that unaccompanied migrant children are safe and unified with family members or other suitable sponsors as quickly and safely as possible,” the HHS said in a statement.
The Pecos overflow facility will be a stop for children to receive medical and educational services while officials work to reunite them with relatives or to settle them with sponsor and foster families.