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Las Cruces council OKs $75K to help migrants in the city

LAS CRUCES – The Las Cruces City Council this week unanimously approved a resolution to provide $75,000 in “humanitarian assistance” to help migrants temporarily housed in the city.

That money will be used to provide temporary shelter, food, water, transportation and other supplies for migrants released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention or dropped off in the city by the Border Patrol.

“I wish we could do more,” Mayor Pro Tem Gill Sorg said in expressing his support for the resolution approved Monday. “This is a great need. This is a humanitarian crisis.”

Most of the migrants are from Central America and are seeking asylum. They typically stay in the city for a day or two while arrangements are made for them to travel across the country to live with family or sponsors while their asylum applications are considered.