Saturday, April 13, 2019

Las Cruces, N.M. pleads for help amid migrant dropoffs: 'This is going to be an ongoing event'

Border Patrol agents dropped off asylum-seeking migrants in New Mexico’s second most populous city for the second day in a row Saturday, prompting Las Cruces city officials to appeal for donations of food and personal hygiene items and a state medical program to seek volunteers to provide health assessments of migrants. The migrants were being temporarily housed at a homeless shelter in Las Cruces, a city recreation center and a campus of social service agencies, city officials said in a statement. The statement said 83 migrants arrived Saturday, following about 95 who were dropped off by the Border Patrol on Friday at the Gospel Rescue Mission homeless shelter and the Community of Hope campus. he Las Cruces Sun-News reported Las Cruces churches for months have been providing temporary shelter to migrants released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention but that Friday was the first time that the Border Patrol vans dropped off migrants at the homeless shelter. City spokesman Udell Vigil said Saturday that migrants could be arriving “for the next several days.” Las Cruces is not a sanctuary city that rebuffs federal officials carrying out deportation orders. Washington Times


Caz said...

This is such a screwed up approach...drop them off for communities and neighborhoods to deal with the government's failed policies

Unknown said...

I actually went down and helped with health assessments in early March. Various churches had shelters set up and an efficient system of volunteers. ICE would drop a group off on Monday, and by Wednesday, most would be on their way to their sponsors. The sponsor had to pay for transportation. It seems that just dumping them would overwhelm the volunteer system already in place.