Las Cruces recreation center closes to house migrants

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A Las Cruces recreation center has closed its doors to the public as the city continues to take in large groups of migrants. 

According to a news release, the Meerscheidt Recreation Center located 1600 E. Hadley Avenue has been temporarily shut down to shelter migrants.

This comes after the Gospel Rescue Mission and Community of Hope reached capacity on Friday, city officials say.

Border Patrol agents transported several more South American asylum seekers from to Las Cruces on Saturday.

According to the city, a total of 83 adults and children arrived on Saturday. 61 were taken to the Community of Hope campus, and an additional 22 arrived at the City’s Meerscheidt Recreation Center.

City officials say 80 more migrants are expected to arrive Saturday evening.

The Las Cruces Community of Hope, Gospel Rescue Mission, and Meerscheidt are currently seeking the following donations:

  • Food
  • Utensils
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm 
  • Clothing
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Canned food
  • Bottled water
  • Foam bed padding
  • Stuffed children’s toys

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