Former Las Cruces armory begins housing migrants


LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – A high influx of migrants traveling through Las Cruces on Wednesday evening caused the city’s shelters to overflow, forcing them to open the doors to a new facility designated for migrants.

The shelter welcomed its first group of migrants with showers, new clothes, and dinner provided by the Salvation Army.

As KTSM reported, the facility was originally set to open its doors to migrants on April 26 but took a bit longer than expected.

“It has been delayed as a processing center because we were waiting on internet and telephone service…which we’re still waiting on,” says City of Las Cruces Spokesman Udell Vigil.

Officials say the center is primarily designated as a travel processing facility to help asylum seekers with the paperwork necessary to bring them to their final destination.

The city tells KTSM that although it is equipped with showers, sleeping quarters, kitchen, and dining area, the facility will only temporarily house migrants if other shelters are at capacity. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Advertise with KTSM 9 Link