Las Cruces set to open designated migrant shelter


On Thursday morning, the City of Las Cruces had crews working at the former U.S. Army Reserve training center to transform the property into a new migrant shelter.

At a special meeting Thursday afternoon, the Las Cruces City Council announced that they had recently leased the facility to help house the influx of migrants dropped off by Border Patrol. 

This is a part of what the city calls a long-term plan budgeted by a $500,000 adjustment to aid migrants as they stop in Las Cruces before heading to their final destinations. 

“It has security fencing, it has showers and bath facilities, kitchen facilities, and plenty of room for dining and sleeping,” City of Las Cruces Spokesman Udell Vigil tells KTSM.

The facility will also contain offices for volunteers to help facilitate travel plans to migrants’ sponsors or family members around the country. 

As of Friday afternoon, the facility is still undergoing renovations and clean-up. It is expected to open its doors on Monday to serve its first round of migrants. 

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