Migrants use housing meant for 4H youth camp

El Paso News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KTSM) – For the past 30 years, 4H, a youth agriculture program has brought students from all around New Mexico together for a horse camp. This year, the location had to be changed at the last minute, due to migrants moving into the facilities. 

Expo New Mexico where the event normally takes place is now being used as a shelter for migrants. This is causing the event to be moved to NMSU.

They sent out a letter to participants, notifying them of the change.  

“In response to the need to provide shelter to the many asylum-seeking migrants entering New Mexico, Expo New Mexico has offered to house families at their facilities,” the letter stated. “We appreciate expo’s desire to assist these families during their hardship.”

“Our kids were put probably on the back burner,” said Jacinda  Roybal a 10-year volunteer.  

NMSU is working to house the 94 participants and their horses. The campus does not have enough space for all the horses and they are working on bringing in temporary barn stalls. 

“The people from state 4h and those who really have a lot to do with it, I think they have done a wonderful job of reassuring the kids and parents who are registered for the camp that [they were] going to find a solution,” said Roybal. “I do not think that from an administrative standpoint from Expo that it was handled well. It was just sort of one of those things that was announced.”

The event will be held in June, and volunteers are staying positive that the accommodations will work out. Participants will not be able to attend due to the change in location will receive a refund. 

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