A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility. (File)
EL PASO (July 4, 2014) The U.S. Border Patrol in West Texas will use local hospitals to screen the health of immigrants caught crossing the border illegally,
Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said.
Border Patrol officials have met with local hospitals to find "the most ideal process of handling any undocumented immigrants flown into El Paso from South Texas,” Cordero said.
As the number of immigrants, mostly unaccompanied minors and family groups, spiked in South Texas, the Department of Homeland Security was scrambling to find places to house the family groups.
Several hundred people have been sent to El Paso to be processed. Part of the processing involves a medical screening.
Local hospitals confirmed that they have been seeing immigrants brought by the Border Patrol but that none of them required additional care.