First wave of Central American immigrants leave NM


ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell Mayor Dennis J. Kintigh has confirmed some of the immigrants from Central America who have been staying in Artesia were deported Monday morning.

The immigrants, who are mostly women and children, crossed the border illegally, and their stay in Artesia has been controversial.

At this point, few details are known about the those who left Monday, including how many there were.

Tens of thousands of Central American kids have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, creating a national problem. On Monday, two Texas lawmakers announced legislation to speed the removal of the immigrants from the U.S.

According to a story by the Associated Press, of the 57,000 minors who have crossed the border, only 1,254 had been returned home as of the end of June. They have been temporarily housed in various places, including at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia.

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