April 10, 2021

Tucson officials learn more about planned migrant facility near airport

The planned facility likely will hold 150-200 unaccompanied minors

360 tucson scenic wide A view of Tucson from a hiking trail on the city's west side.
AZPM Staff

A U.S. Border Patrol officials has told Tucson officials that a tent-like facility planned in the southern Arizona city to temporarily house migrants will be located near the city’s airport and be completed in about a month.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that interim head of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector John Modlin said Friday in an email that the facility will be designed to hold 500 people but its working capacity will likely be 150-200 due to COVID-19 considerations and litigation-related restrictions.

Councilman Steve Kosachik said the planned facility likely will hold unaccompanied minors encountered by the Border Patrol.

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