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City to sell CBP 60 acres of land to build new processing center in northeast El Paso

EL PASO, Texas -- ABC-7 has learned U.S. Customs and Border Protection intends to buy almost 60 acres of land from the city of El Paso to build a central processing center, much like the one the agency currently has near Hondo Pass.

This purchase comes at a time when CBP saw unprecedented numbers of undocumented migrants trying to either enter the U.S. or seek asylum during fiscal year 2021.

According to El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, this is actually a project that carried over from the Trump Administration with CBP buying land for central processing centers to meet the needs of large numbers of migrants coming to our borders.

City spokeswoman Laura Cruz-Acosta told ABC-7 the federal government approached the city last December.

"The proposed land sale is the result of a more than year-long process undertaken by the federal government to identify a suitable location for a new centralized processing facility that will provide a safe and clean temporary shelter for migrants arriving at our borders after what is often a difficult and dangerous journey,." she said in a statement.

The 59-acre northeast El Paso chunk of land near Mesquite Hill Dr. that city leaders will discuss selling to CBP carries a price tag of $1.6 million. The public hearing and vote are scheduled for December 7.

Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



  1. Border patrol does need a new processing facility. What order patrol needs to do is whenever they encounter an illegal, they just do a 180 on them and march them back across the border. Give them a kick in the pants on the way back across.

    1. The only way to solve the problem is to reinstate and implement all of Trump’s anti illegal immigration policies. He fixed it all until senile Joe broke it. He invited all the illegals here his first week in office.

    1. She’s advocating something completely different from what Trump wanted to do. Her plan would take the operation of the center away from CBP and give it to Immigration services so border patrol officers could go back to protecting the border from actual threats.

      1. Trump wanted to detain and send these criminals back to their own countries. Horse face wants them to be allowed to roam free on our streets, unabated.

      1. He’s no longer in office because he fought against Tyranny, was America FIRST, put policies in place to help AMERICANS and he crossed Pelosi and the Deep State in the name of Liberty.

          1. I don’t think so. The libs still control the SCOTUS. They have control (threat) tactics in place for that. They don’t like that an outsider like Trump was able to expose them and their corruption and that he exposed that the majority of Americans don’t support their far left agenda: open borders, 8 different genders, the climate change hoax, defund the police, close prisons, release criminals without bail, America is bad, etc., etc.

          2. The libtard heads are exploding again this week since SCOTUS won’t respond to the Texas Abortion issue before them. Immature crybabies as usual.

  2. Senile Joe’s biggest mistake and causing division was taking on the parents and sicking his weaponized DOJ and FBI on them. That’s one of the reasons why the Democrats lost the Virginia Governor’s race.

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