Rep. Pearce to tour New Mexico detention center


ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce is expected to tour a temporary detention center holding immigrant women and children from Central America.

Pearce is scheduled Tuesday to tour the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Centers facility in Artesia.

The Republican congressman is slated to be joined by Artesia Mayor Phil Burch and Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh.

Pearce said last week deportations of immigrants from were detention facility were halted after two people caught the chicken pox virus.

Around 600 immigrant women and children are being held at the Artesia center.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency will no longer be accepting toy donations for children at the Artesia center because the facility is overwhelmed with gifts. 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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