Las Cruces church helps more than 200 immigrants

Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Organizers behind a temporary shelter for illegal immigrants in Las Cruces say they’ve now helped more than 200 people.

Dozens of families have already made their way to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church since the shelter opened earlier this month.

Officials say the most recent group of about 23 families and 58 individuals arrived Wednesday.

More than 600 volunteers have set up showers and a clinic and helped make meals.

The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces says most stay anywhere from a few hours to two days before leaving. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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