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Las Cruces gets $250K grant for migrant relief services

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The City of Las Cruces is getting a $250,000 grant from the state to help cover the cost of providing relief services to thousands of  migrant families.

“I want to thank both the Governor’s Office and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for providing much-needed financial resources to help Las Cruces and the community deal with this situation,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said in a news release Monday announcing the grant.

Border Patrol has released about 8,200 asylum seekers in Las Cruces since mid-April.

“Las Cruces responded to this humanitarian crisis in a way that enabled them to learn, grow and improve their emergency management efficiency and effectiveness,” said Jackie Lindsey, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

The state funds are a one-time grant from New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.  Las Cruces applied for the grant after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham notified city officials that funds appropriated by the state Legislature would become available.

The Las Cruces City Council  approved $575,000 in two separate votes to help pay for relief services for asylum seekers. The city council approved the more than $1 million with the understanding the city would pursue any available reimbursement funds.

Other cities and counties in New Mexico coping with an influx of migrants seeking asylum are also eligible to apply for the grant funding to help cover some of the cost.