Officials say around 40 or so Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico have been deported.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the immigrants were placed on a plane in Roswell on Monday and flown to Honduras. The agency says the adults and children previously were housed at temporary detention center in Artesia.
Authorities say more immigrants being held in Artesia will be sent back to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon, as part of an effort to quickly remove immigrants who were part of a recent surge along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Last month, the Obama administration announced plans to convert the Artesia facility into one of several temporary sites being established to deal with the influx of women and children fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America.
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