Officials for one of the biggest immigration detention centers in the U.S. are scrambling to find a gigantic supply of underwear for detainees to wear, and it may be due to the huge influx of immigrants being held at the border.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement just requested bids from vendors who are able to fulfill an ongoing delivery of underwear for the men being held at the Port Isabel Detention Center near Los Fresnos, Texas.
The type of underwear being requested need to specifically be white briefs with an elastic band. The request doesn’t specify whether the underwear is needed for children also, but the sizes do range from small to XL.
As for the volume, DHS needs over 5,100 pairs of underwear per month and breaks the order down by size:
Small — 840 pairs
Medium — 2,220 pairs
Large — 1,320 pairs
X-Large — 720 pairs
Officials say they need the deliveries to begin as soon as possible, and are only accepting bids until Friday so that they can choose a vendor.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there has been a significant increase in the number of unaccompanied migrant children held in U.S. detention centers. There has reportedly been a surge of 21% in the last month, with over 10,000 children detained as a result of the Trump administrations “zero crackdown” policy.
Since the outrage from citizens regarding the splitting up of families, Trump signed an order reversing the decision and allowing families to stay together. However, there is still no word on when the crackdown on undocumented immigrants at the border will let up, and if the never-ending influx of underwear is any sign, it could be quite a while.