Governor, Albuquerque mayor: Expo New Mexico will house migrants
April 30, 2019 10:06 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State and City of Albuquerque officials have announced that Expo New Mexico will provide temporary housing to "asylum-seeking migrants."
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made the announcement Tuesday along with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
Officials say migrants will be brought to Expo New Mexico in the next few weeks. They will be staying in existing dorms that will serve as an interim stopping point before the migrants move on to be with their host families.
"Volunteers, donors and nonprofit organizations -- not to mention tireless city, county and state workers -- have stepped into the breach," said Gov. Lujan Grisham. "In addition to this site, we will continue to explore all appropriate means of response. These asylum-seekers are primarily women and children and are not a danger to us; they need rest, hydration and minor medical check-ups before they resume their journeys."
The governor has also asked unions around the state to help with humanitarian efforts for migrant families.
Expo New Mexico has 60 beds ready to go and plans to increase that to 240 beds if needed.
"When the community calls and says we have a need, we're here to answer that call," said Dan Mourning, executive director of Expo New Mexico.
People in Albuquerque wanting to help can contact Catholic Charities or visit the city's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs website.
To assist the community groups in Las Cruces, donations can be made to the Diocese of Las Cruces. Reference "OakTree" to ensure that donations will be applied to the local efforts there, specifically staffing and transportation needs. Donations can also be made online.
Donors can also contact Gospel Rescue Mission or visit the nonprofit's website.
Updated: April 30, 2019 10:06 PM
Created: April 30, 2019 10:58 AM
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