Raymond Barone, Rockwell American’s director of military and government sales, did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the Border Patrol contracting officer overseeing the bids. A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged Quartz’s request for comment but did not respond by publication time.

So far, the US government has spent almost $6 million on the rental of shower and laundry trailers at Ursula; the 11-month contract, which ends at the same time as the toilet contract does, could potentially go as high as $16 million. Records show a $123,000 purchase in May 2018 for “emergency mylar blankets” at the facility, as well as $133,000 spent on hospital-style wristbands used to “help identify undocumented aliens.”

“The conditions were problematic to start with,” Brané says, “so we can only expect that they’ll get worse.”

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