Albuquerque City Council approves $250K to assist migrants

May 7, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council has approved a proposal to provide $250,000 to assist asylum-seeking migrants passing through the city.

The 6-3 vote came Monday evening after nearly two hours of public testimony and board discussion.

The $250,000 from the general fund will be used for a full-time Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs position for an asylum services coordinator.

It will also provide money for contracts with nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other groups to provide things like food, shelter, and medical care for migrants.

The faith-based groups and other community organizations already have assisted the more than 2,200 asylum seekers bused into Albuquerque by federal immigration authorities.