More Central Americans leave Artesia

ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – More Central Americans who were being held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia have now been deported.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a plane took women and children to Honduras on Friday and another flight took a group to Guatemala and El Salvador.

ICE says it will send more home soon.

Also, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says New Mexico won’t send National Guard troops to the border.

On Monday, Enrique Knell, a spokesman for the governor, said there were no plans to deploy the National Guard to the border for a state mission.

Texas’s Gov. Rick Perry plans to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border next door.

However, Knell says Gov. Martinez agrees there is a role for the National Guard when it comes to protecting the border.

He says the governor disagrees with a federal decision to stop paying for programs that sent troops to the border. 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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