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Las Cruces church helps immigrants

LAS CRUCES – A Catholic church is joining the regional effort to shelter the hundreds of Central American migrants arriving in the border region.

Workers at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary said they expect the first migrants to arrive today.

U.S. immigration authorities have asked nonprofit groups along the border to temporarily house migrant families, who are processed and released while they await immigration hearings. Others are being sent to a temporary detention center in Artesia while they await deportation.

Thousands of migrants, including many women and children, have poured over the border into southern Texas, overwhelming the U.S. Border Patrol’s ability to detain people there.

Catholic organizations in El Paso have already hosted several hundred migrants in recent weeks and reached out to the Las Cruces diocese for help.



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