ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) – Sen. Tom Udall says he thinks people in Artesia, New Mexico, are getting more comfortable with the idea of having Central American immigrants brought to a detention center in their community.
Udall was in southeastern New Mexico Thursday to tour the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Barracks at the border patrol training facility are being used to house the overflow of immigrants caught trying to enter the country illegally.
As in other communities where the immigrants are being processed for deportation and asylum, many Artesia residents have expressed concern about safety and health issues from having hundreds of women and children brought to the center.
Udall says there will be little impact on the community, and he has urged immigrations officials to give regular updates on its operations there to allay community concerns.