Santa Fe to assist asylum seekers with donations, volunteers

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The mayor of Santa Fe says the city will not be providing temporary housing to asylum seekers after all.

The migrants are being dropped off by Border Patrol in Las Cruces. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Mayor Alan Webber says most are not looking to settle in New Mexico but are headed to other states and the city is not in a position to shelter them.

Mayor Webber told the Santa Fe New Mexican that following talks with representatives from the offices of Governor Lujan Grisham and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, it was decided that the city of Santa Fe would provide assistance by raising money, collecting donations, and providing volunteers who could help in the other communities.

While a fund has yet to be started, Mayor Webber has said that donations could be made through the Santa Fe Community Foundation though donors must specify that the money is to be used to assist asylum seekers.

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