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    Border Patrol migrant drop-offs in Las Cruces accelerate with no end in sight Blake

    Border Patrol migrant drop-offs in Las Cruces accelerate with no end in sight

    Blake Gumprecht, Las Cruces Sun-News
    Published 2:35 p.m. MT April 13, 2019 | Updated 2:44 p.m. MT April 13, 2019




    LAS CRUCES — The Border Patrol dropped off more migrants in Las Cruces on Saturday morning and there’s no end in sight.

    Agents dropped off 61 migrants (33 of them children) at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope about 10 a.m. and three vans carrying another 22 migrants (10 children) arrived at the Meerscheidt Recreation Center at 11:15 a.m. City officials said as many as 80 more migrants could arrive later in the day.


    “They’re talking about people coming all night long, 24-7,” Barry Russell, recreation program manager for Meerscheidt Recreation Center, said.


    Additional migrants are expected on Sunday and in the days to come.


    City spokesman Udell Vigil said that migrants could be arriving “for the next several days.”

    Buy PhotoBorder Patrol vans drop off migrants at Meerscheidt Recreation Center on Saturday morning, April 13, 2019. (Photo: Blake Gumprecht/Sun-News)


    The city closed Meerscheidt Recreation Center on Friday night to accommodate the influx and it will remain closed indefinitely. City officials made that decision because the Gospel Rescue Mission and Community of Hope said on Friday that they were full.

    On Friday, Border Patrol vans dropped off approximately 93 migrants at the Gospel Rescue Mission on Amador Avenue. Of those, 68 remained at Gospel Rescue Mission overnight and another 25 were housed across the street at Community of Hope.


    After telling city officials that its facilities were full on Friday, Community Hope representative informed city staff on Saturday morning that they had additional space because some of the migrants had already left to travel to join sponsors across the country.

    Shortly after migrants began arriving at Meerscheidt, a truck from Casa de Peregrinos food pantry arrived to deliver food for the migrants. But Meerscheidt does not have kitchen facilities, Russell said, and he wasn’t sure how meals would be served.


    “Our biggest problem now is who is going to feed them,” he said.

    Buy PhotoMigrants disembark from Border Patrol vans at the Gospel Rescue Mission in Las Cruces on Friday, April 12, 2019. (Photo: Blake Gumprecht/Sun-News)


    Donations sought

    On Friday, the city reported donations are being sought for migrant families being housed at the Gospel Rescue Mission.

    Particularly needed, the city stated in a news release, are personal hygiene products including sanitary napkins; shampoo; conditioner; lotion; Chapstick or similar types of lip balm; clothing; towels; blankets; and canned food and bottled water. Also sought is foam padding, to be used as bedding, and stuffed toys for children.


    Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 1050 W. Amador Ave, until 9 p.m. daily.


    Blake Gumprecht may be reached at 575-541-5453 or bgumprecht@lcsun-news.com.

    https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/ne...te/3458927002/

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    More than 1,000 migrants have now been dropped off in Las Cruces

    From Staff Reports, Las Cruces Sun-News Published 3:58 p.m. MT April 18, 2019

    LAS CRUCES - Border Patrol has released more than 1,000 migrants in Las Cruces in the past seven days.
    Friday of last week, the federal agency began releasing migrants in Las Cruces because of a shortage of space at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. Most are migrants from Central America who are seeking asylum.


    In response, the city established a network of temporary shelters to house migrants while the asylum-seekers — men, women and children — look to travel elsewhere in the United States.


    Border Patrol dropped off another 140 migrants by 1 p.m. Thursday, bringing the total number since last week to 1,080. More migrants were expected after 1 p.m.
    Top official to visit

    Also Thursday, the state's top emergency management official was scheduled to tour shelters in Las Cruces.
    Mayor Ken Miyagishima, reached about 3 p.m Thursday while he was waiting for State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Jackie White to visit the Gospel Rescue Mission, planned to discuss other cities in New Mexico taking asylum-seekers.
    He said he's already discussed the issue with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
    "It looks like they'll be taking some. We just need to figure out transportation," the mayor said.
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    'It's non-stop'

    Miyagishima told the Santa Fe New Mexican that volunteers and employees helping manage the migrant drop-offs in Las Cruces are "tired" and "overworked."
    "“It’s nonstop. They’re bringing them at all hours of the night, he said.
    "We could easily handle 200, but not 200 a day, and that's why I'm thinking if Santa Fe can do 150 to 200 every three days, I think it's more manageable,” Miyagishima said. “Right now, we just can’t handle it."
    The city announced on Thursday that Las Cruces Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Daniels will assume area command of day-to-day operations concerning the migrant drop-offs.


    Cullen Combs, director of the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management, will take over long-term planning. Amanda Bowen, with the OEM, will become deputy commander and operations director as of Friday,
    The Gospel Rescue Mission, Community of Hope and Doña Ana County Crisis Triage Center are currently housing migrants. El Calvario — which housed migrants before Border Patrol begin the drop-offs — has offered space, according to the city.

    https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/new...es/3513372002/
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