168 Immigrants In New Mexico Detention Center

Jul 1, 2014

More than 100 Central America immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally have been transported to a temporary detention center in New Mexico.  Federal immigration officials confirmed 168 women and children arrived Friday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia.  Officials say more are expected to arrive, but it's unclear when.

Last month, the Obama administration announced plans to convert the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center into one of several temporary sites being established to deal with the influx of women and children fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central American.

The three barracks at the Artesia site in can hold up nearly 700 people as they await deportation or seek asylum.

Mayor Philip Burch tells KENW radio that officials are hosting a public meeting Tuesday night to address concerns about public safety.


Information from: Roswell Daily Record,

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