'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.”

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ein-vogel-frei
ein-vogel-frei

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

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!

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.

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!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

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