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Hundreds of migrants being cared for in Albuquerque

Joshua Panas
March 12, 2019 05:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The City of Albuquerque is hosting nearly 300 migrants who were released from Immigration and Customs custody in El Paso.


A spokesperson for the city said the asylum seekers are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. 

"Some of them have told us they left their home country sometime in January, arrived at the border, went through ICE processing and detention and they're carrying small children," said Michelle Melendez, who is the director of Albuquerque's Office of Equity & Inclusion

Melendez said the refugees have sponsors and are waiting for hearings so they can stay in the country legally.

Saint Therese Catholic Parish is one of the charities helping feed and house the migrants while they are in Albuquerque.

"They won't be staying [in Albuquerque], they'll just be here until they can get their bus ticket out," Melendez said. 

The families are supposed to be bused or flown to their sponsors in the coming days.

Melendez said the cost to let the migrants stay in Albuquerque is not a burden on taxpayers. She said Annunciation House is paying for their rooms at hotels. Their food and toiletries have also been donated. 

"Once they got here, they got a new set of clothes, all donated," Melendez said. "They were just-- really felt good about having a room, a bed, a shower. We don't know how long it's been since they've had that accommodation."


Joshua Panas

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