'Immigrant-Friendly' City Asks For Help As CBP Drops Off Hundreds Of Immigrants

Immigrants have been arriving in Las Cruces, New Mexico by the hundreds.

Las Cruces, NM – A city whose leaders previously voted to affirm a number of immigrant-friendly policies is clamoring for handouts in an attempt to provide for the droves of supposed asylum-seekers who continue to arrive into their community.

“It’s an incredible journey for these people from Central America,” Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima told the Las Cruces Sun News.

“It’s hard to understand what they must be going through, to leave everything behind and try to start a different life,” Miyagishima added. “I wish we had the resources to help them more but we’re doing the best we can.”

For several months, local churches have been providing temporary assistance to immigrants who have been released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while their cases are pending, the Associated Press reported.

On Thursday, the U.S. Border Patrol announced that it would be releasing processed illegal aliens into Texas and southern New Mexico due to “capacity issues,” according to the Associated Press.

Border patrol vans unloaded nearly 100 immigrants at the Gospel Rescue Mission on Friday, the Las Cruces Sun News reported.

The city issued a request for donations of blankets, clothing, food, toiletries, water, towels and foam for bedding to help provide for the waves of people as they filled up shelters, churches, and a recreation center.

Another 78 immigrants were brought into the city before noon on Saturday, and at least 160 more arrived on Sunday, the Las Cruces Sun News reported.

City officials said they expect the pattern to continue “for the next several days,” city spokesperson Udell Vigil told the paper.

“They’re talking about people coming all night long, 24/7,” Meerscheidt Recreation Center program manager Barry Russell said.

The recreation center has been closed to Las Cruces residents indefinitely in order to accommodate the immigrants.

The Red Cross and the local fire department brought in cots due to the influx, and volunteers arrived to help set up transportation to link the immigrants up with family members or sponsors throughout the country.

Trucks delivering food donations have been pouring in, but some facilities do not have kitchen areas to prepare meals.

“Our biggest problem now is who is going to feed them,” Russell said.

Gospel Rescue Mission executive director Henry Young said the shelter has been “inundated” with donations.

“It’s been fantastic,” Young said. “I don’t want to tell people to stop because we never know how much we will need.”

But many people were also frustrated that the wave of donations focused on helping immigrants instead of the impoverished members of the Las Cruces community.

“We’re struggling,” a woman told the Las Cruces Sun News on Saturday. “We’re barely getting by.”

The Las Cruces City Council is expected to decide whether or not it will approve a proposal to allocate $75,000 in taxpayer dollars to assist in the effort on Monday.

Meanwhile, the New Mexico Department of Heath issued an appeal for medical professionals to volunteer to take turns “providing medical screening support services to migrants in New Mexico,” the Associated Press reported.

“We need more,” New Mexico Medial Reserve Corps volunteer coordinator Bobbie MacKenzie of the health department’s request. “We’re trying…not to inundate and overwhelm the volunteers.”

Another 160 immigrants are expected to be dropped off in Las Cruces on Monday, city manager Stuart Ed told the Las Cruces Sun News.

The city is unable to accommodate more than 160 people per day, Ed said.

In 2017, the Las Cruces city council voted to prohibit local police from asking suspects about their immigration status unless such questioning was necessary for a criminal investigation, New Mexico In Depth reported.

“We enforce criminal law,” Las Cruces then-Police Chief Jaime Montoya told the council at the time. “We do not enforce administrative law, which is immigration law.”

Comments (65)
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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

How many leave that city and migrate to others illegally? God help this country......Unless something is done, we're doomed.

bjeanhill
bjeanhill

Just because they're taken to Las Cruces doesn't mean they'll STAY there.

Disillusioned61
Disillusioned61

Too late. Doomed already. You’ll see.

J_Logi83
J_Logi83

What a joke this is, taking in these people before helping their own, they should all be ashamed. Keep them on the other side of the barbed wire!

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

They will be headed to New York, New Jersey, Florida, Conn. Pa. after they arrive in border relocation centers.

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Please. Please send them to Shit Hole Frisco. Everyone wants to live in the city by the bay. ROFLMAO

SherrieL
SherrieL

I hope they are enjoying their "immigrant friendly statua". They wanted it now they have it. It is THEIR problem to figure out housing feeding medical etc, have fuvpn

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

“Ask and you shall receive...”. Well you got them. Are they making your community richer and better? Glad I sold my house in Las Cruces 5 years ago and got out of that border town. 10 years ago I want to El Paso Sunlyn Park Mall to the Sears store on a Sunday morning I could not find anyone spoke enough English to wait on me. And the people of New Mexico complain that people don’t know New Mexico is in the United States. Are they sure it’s still is?

Redlark
Redlark

How about busing them back to Mexico?

Saints
Saints

Mean while some citizens born in the USA are homeless and hungry.... do not help this stupid states not enforcing immigration policies....

godsmack
godsmack

Immigration Law is Criminal Law. You break Customs and Immigration Law if you cross the border without inspection. That Las Cruces Cop is a Dweeb.

gvinny67
gvinny67

IF I were in charge they'd stop coming. We'd open fire on anyone illegally crossing our border!

These people are paid, thanks George Soros, to come change the voting bloc in red states or those turning people, Texas anyone?!!

All I can say to the Las Cruces people is you're the ones that voted these bleeding hearts into office, you get what you deserve! Lock up your daughter's and your wives!

gvinny67
gvinny67

*turning purple

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Sorry he has problems with the few hundred he now has ....Put them all in these sanctuary cities....The rest of this country should not need to support the mess they have made by telling them to show up at our borders in the first place.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Maybe all of the morons crying for the immigrants will finally clue in to only allowing those who can bring what it takes to provide for themselves and not those who are burdens... which is most of them.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

If you think you have a problem now, wait till word gets out that now you're getting a free ride to a sanctuary city, that border is gonna explode with people, this is insane.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Ask and you shall receive...By the hundreds

Cartgal
Cartgal

A little reality sinking in, perhaps.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

FUCK NO! NOT ONE GOD DAMNED FEDERAL DOLLAR TO SANCTUARY CITIES.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Immigrants who arrived in the US in the late 1800's, early 1900's already had family here who provided for them--everything. And, they helped them get jobs & housing! There was no welfare, etc. in those days, so you had to be prepared before you left your home country. That's the way it should be today. Cut off all taxpayer funds & make their family members support them.

Ziggy848
Ziggy848

Yesterday the City of Las Cruces councilors voted to give these ILLEGALS $75,000 to support their efforts......That's $75K of our TAX Dollars that should be going to support UNITED STATES, CITY OF LAS CRUCES CITIZENS......The Mayor and Councilors need their ASSES KICKED....

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

I'm a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore, which is now a fraternal organization but was originally established in 1806 to assist immigrants from Scotland in finding housing and jobs. I am also aware of an organization which houses Russian Jewish refugees in an apartment building as they learn English, become employable here, and are capable of moving out and living on their own. If others can do this, why can't organizations such as CASA do the same instead of mooching off tax payers?

Jack17
Jack17

LMAO

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Start sending them to San Francisco and drop them on Pelosi's doorstep...

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

OMG! One tent for everyone Gov. Gavin Newsome was just seen shitting all over himself with the threat of big bad Trump dumping "loving, caring, thoughtful, holy, family friendly, Mexicans in Californika". Gavin sit on it and twirl.

Lochemet
Lochemet

I'm wondering if these illegal aliens were forced at gun point to leave their countries and come to America to live illegally here and mooch off of taxpayers and their hard-earned money.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Fill up all the sanctuary cities and then walk them off, problem solved.

Gramercy
Gramercy

We all make choices...they made them to come to America....sanctuary cities chose to house and feed them...I choose to STOP Them AT The WALL!

usac95
usac95

So the deal is you apply for citizenship wait 5 to 10 years hopefully and these people just climb the fence or rush the border and we drive them to a USA city i say put them on the bus drive the to the south border of mexico and drop them off

Buffrat
Buffrat

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Next!

redpill
redpill

Press One for English, because we can't understand what you're asking for Las Cruces. Now, we need to drop half a million on SanFranSicko, L.A., Oakland, Chicago, NYC, and any other 'sanctuary city' that loves them some new voters.

Katarina
Katarina

The cities who chose to give the migrants sanctuary should be the ones to take the bulk of them. It only makes sense. Put your money where your mouths are.

vwiles34
vwiles34

These places wanted to be a safe haven for immigrants. So they should have been prepared to back up what they had said. But without using money hard working Americans had paid in taxes that should be used toward helping our own people. You have veterans living on the street that fought for our country. But you have these people who want to appear to be such good loving, caring individuals. But their faces wouldn't be on tv as much for trying to help vet's.

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

Law Enforcement is to Serve and Protect the Citizens and uphold the Law's! They took a Oath to that! Then they should lose their jobs!

dusty103
dusty103

Just be sure to drop off in deep blue states like California and New York. Don't bring them to Texas to corrupt the electorate.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

NO FUCKING FEDERAL FUNDS. NONE, OR MORE TO THE POINT "NADA".

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Las Cruces, NM – A city whose leaders previously voted to affirm a number of immigrant-friendly policies is clamoring for handouts in an attempt to provide for the droves of supposed asylum-seekers who continue to arrive into their community."

You wanted it now you got it Las Cruces so now deal with it.

antialien
antialien

NM elected an anti-American governor. You deserve all of the hardships these immigrants bring. You should not recieve any federal help. You got exactly what you wanted . Now, man up and pay for these invaders!

mmjohnson
mmjohnson

You want them you take care of them out of your own pocket

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Por favor ...No Comprende Las Cruces

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

Well, your want to be a sanctuary city, now you have it. When the "crush" gets too bad for these liberals that support illegal aliens, they will , maybe, "get it". You asked for it, you got it. Seal the border like other countries do and help this country secure it's borders. Until then, CBP, keep sending the illegals to those that want them, not to those that support strong immigration reform.

Mike bass
Mike bass

I'm glad you got what you wanted...MORE CRIME, MORE WASTED TAX PAYER DOLLARS AND MORE FILTH AND DESEASES...NOW YOU'RE BEGGING FOR HELP...TO LATE...WE GAVE AT THE OFFICE

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Did anyone bother to ask these illegals why they are coming illegally????

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

I'm sure they are going to get a whole lot of help. I'm sure Nancy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Chucky, Maxine Waters, Ilhan Omar and all the others are going to jump right in a open their doors of their homes to let them in. ROFLMFAO!

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

Maybe they should have thought about that before they put out the welcome illegals mat. Now they want help and bailouts. Ur on ur own snowflakes.

retiredvet2010
retiredvet2010

Why should we assist the illegal aliens coming to our Country when we can't even assist our own homeless American people and the Homeless Veterans in America? They should have first priority since they signed on the dotted line to protect our country against all enemies foreign and domestic.

And now we have the snowflake mayors who want to take in illegal aliens to give them everything for free. I see if they choose to be a sanctuary City for this population then all federal funding should be cut off. If you continue to house illegal aliens in your city unconstemate yourselves.a As a sanctuary City you are responsible for your funding and NO Federal funds will be sent your way. If we don't get a grip on this now it is only going to get a hundred times worse. To the Senators in our country give up the walls around your property and your private security and live like the rest of us before you start saying that we do not need the wall when you have a wall protecting your property an armed security protecting you. Even though I'm not for the wall being built, I say we hire more border security and put Americans to work. I was in Germany when the Wall came down and when they had the wall it did not stop people from crossing it it only made it a little more difficult to leave one country & enter another!

ein-vogel-frei
ein-vogel-frei

Soros is funding the caravans, why won't he fund them in Sanctuary Cities?