Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says our state won’t turn its backs on asylum seekers.
Thursday, she toured two emergency facilities in Las Cruces that are providing temporary shelter and supplies for the hundreds of people filtering through—at least 100 a day.
Gov. Lujan Grisham praised the city of Las Cruces and local elected officials for their compassion and commitment during what she calls a humanitarian crisis.
“This is how we respond to people who come here seeking shelter, seeking refuge…not their final destination, but we would welcome them regardless…we are doing what we can,” Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez said.
Since early April, they’ve been moved around from community centers and churches. Thursday, the governor visited two locations where many asylum seekers are being housed, the Crisis Triage Center and San Jose Catholic Church.
“The families who are here are grateful, and that America they believed in is on full display in this community,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.
She says for many of the people at the shelter, New Mexico is not their final destination. They simply need the support while they’re passing through here, meeting people willing to help them get where they need to go.
“Because as the federal government refuses to have a sufficient number of Border Patrol agents, sufficient immigration lawyers and sufficient investments, we’ve got to be prepared,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.
The governor says other cities and communities across the state, like Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, need to do their part to prepare for a potential influx of people.
The Las Cruces city council is considering using $500,000 in city funds to help provide necessities for the asylum seekers. They’ve already used about $75,000.