City in New Mexico authorizes spending on asylum seekers
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The city of Las Cruces is spending $75,000 on humanitarian aid to cope with an influx of international asylum seekers.
City spokesman Udell Vigil said Tuesday that over 600 asylum seekers have been dropped off in the southern New Mexico community by U.S. immigration authorities since Friday. The city council authorized spending on food, water, transportation and personal hygiene items.
Las Cruces has converted its recreation center into sleeping quarters for immigrants as local shelters for the homeless reach capacity. Vigil says immigrants rarely stay more than one night before departing to reach relatives or other household sponsors throughout the continental U.S. to live with while asylum requests are processed.
New Mexico’s Homeland Security Department says asylum seekers are likely to continue arriving at Las Cruces for several weeks.