Immigration security help vowed for New Mexico

Created: 07/08/2014 7:33 AM
By: The Associated Press

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities are promising a southeastern New Mexico county that immigration officials will pay for any additional security connected to a temporary detention center.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Eddy County Manager Rick Rudometkin said last week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked the county to provide backup security.

But Rudometkin says the county will have to go through a contractor to hire close 90 security personnel. He says ICE will foot the bill.

Federal officials are using Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a detention center for 700 Central American women and children.

The three barracks at the Artesia site will hold people as they await deportation or seek asylum amid an influx of women and children fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America.

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