Las Cruces Diocese sets up shelter for immigrants

In this June 18th photo detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)
In this June 18th photo detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

LAS CRUCES (AP) – The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces is establishing a short-term shelter in Las Cruces for immigrants, and officials report a large response from volunteers and donors.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the shelter is being set up in an event hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral’s campus.

Church officials said they’re expecting mainly women and children from Central America to stay at the shelter for up to 36 hours after being released on their own recognizance by federal officials after initial proceedings.

Diocese official Susan Roberts says there’s been a nonstop influx of people signing up to volunteer in response to Bishop Oscar Cantu’s call for assistance.

Items being donated for the shelter include towels, sheets and laundry service.

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