The city of Las Cruces is helping fund immigrant shelters due to the increase in border crossings.
Churches across the city rely on donations and volunteers to house all of the immigrants coming in. More than 500 asylum seekers have been dropped off in the area since Friday.
Monday night, Las Cruces City Council approved $75,000 to fund food, water, transportation and personal hygiene items. Shelter organizers say it’s a huge help right now.
“I think it’s great for our counselors to show this type of support and show that we need to help these vulnerable people,” said Gabe Anaya at El Caldito Soup Kitchen.
Meanwhile, New Mexico’s Homeland Security Department says it has two of its people helping with the response, and as many as four on the weekends when there is a surge.