Tent Like Facility Planned In Tucson To House Asylum Seekers

By Alisa Reznick, AZPM
Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:18am

More information is emerging about a tent like facility that the U.S. Border Patrol is planning to erect in Tucson to house asylum seekers.

Mayor Regina Romero says details have been sparse, but U.S. Border Patrol officials have told her this temporary housing facility is expected to be up and running by the end of April or early May — and could host unaccompanied children and families.

"Right now the most important information for us to have is that there will be some facility to provide humane care," Romero said.

Romero says the Border Patrol is expected to host a tour of the facility before it opens — but she stressed the city is not involved in the project. Separate, local efforts are underway to care for asylum seekers — which the city has done in years past with the help of local aid groups and shelters.

This week, the Pima County Board of Supervisors announced the county will also receive more than $2 million from FEMA to assist that effort.

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