Las Cruces church to close migrant shelter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A short-term shelter for immigrants at a Las Cruces church is closing.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Monday that the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has ceased operating the shelter.

The decision comes as federal authorities say fewer unaccompanied minors and families have been caught illegally crossing the border in Texas in recent weeks.

Church officials say more than 200 immigrants passed through last month.

Each one was given a cot, a shower, clean clothes, hot meals and health checks.

The Catholic diocese says they all stayed no more than two days before leaving to find family in the U.S.

The shelter may reopen if needed during hurricane season.

Federal agencies have been overwhelmed the last few months by more than 57,000 unaccompanied children from Central America.

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