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City of El Paso buying out hotels, purchasing vacant schools to house migrants

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- With more migrants arriving in the Borderland, El Paso officials are working on solutions to open new spaces to shelter them.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting more than 1,000 migrants are coming into the El Paso sector daily.

With Border Patrol's Northeast processing center and NGOs at capacity, local government is looking for solutions again as this new surge begins.

At Tuesday's El Paso City Council meeting, Deputy City Manager Mario D'Agostino said his team is working with federal officials on a multi-tier plan focused on sheltering migrants.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser also confirmed that the city is working on buying the vacant Morehead Middle School in West El Paso to alleviate the number of migrants on El Paso streets.

Officials also confirmed that the city rented out a hotel on August 12th in Northeast El Paso, and it just rented out another hotel this past weekend as numbers keep climbing.

Article Topic Follows: On the Border

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Heriberto Perez Lara reports for ABC-7 on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


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