Udall: Little impact from Artesia immigrant center

A car enters the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia, N.M., Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Federal officials say this federal training center that is home to the Border Patrol Academy that will become a 700-bed detention center for adult immigrants who entered the country illegally and are accompanied by children. The surge in Central American unaccompanied minors and adults with minors crossing the border overcrowded facilities in South Texas and prompted the government to find new places to detain the immigrants. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

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.

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