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Following impassioned testimony from local faith leaders, volunteers and immigrant rights activists, the Albuquerque City Council on Monday approved spending $250,000 to help asylum-seeking migrants passing through the city.
Officials say federal immigration authorities have in the past few months bused in more than 2,200 such migrants. Faith-based groups and other community organizations have thus far led the effort to temporarily house and feed them before they move on to meet sponsors or family members in other parts of the country.
The city administration can now apply the money toward grants and contracts with the groups doing that work.