Hundreds of undocumented families to be housed in Artesia, NM training facility
POSTED: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 11:01pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 9:17am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The federal government is setting up a temporary holding center for hundreds of adults and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. The facility will add 700 beds and will only accept adults with children, not unaccompanied children.
Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied children have been picked up trying to cross into the United States, a 99 percent increase over last year. The U.S. Border Patrol has also seen a record number of adults with kids crossing.
The minors create a unique problem for authorities because they can't be housed in adult detention centers, which in many places are the only available facilities. That is why many families are now being given a court summons for an immigration hearing, and released.
New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce (R), said as far as he knows, the immigrants will be deported in at least 10 days.
Pearce said the families will not be mixed with trainees at the training center.
"I think where the detainees would be is on the offside. I think the building is away from the main campus and sits neighboring to Artesia just not much to mix with the local population or endangering anyone. I think that's one of the main reasons why they chose it," Pearce said.
Pearce said the facility is expected to continue cycling families for about a year.
He also said a church in Anthony, New Mexico is raising money and food for the families.