WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, July 11, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will join U.S. Department Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson in touring the recently established temporary facility for undocumented parents and their children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) campus in Artesia, New Mexico. The Artesia facility is one of several ways that DHS is increasing its capacity to expedite the repatriation of the increasing number of families with children crossing the southwest border.
"The safety and well being of the families being transferred to the facility in Artesia must remain a priority while these cases are processed. From combating gang violence and human trafficking to strengthening security and human rights programs, it is important to address the root cause of the concerning increase in migration from Central America. We are a nation of laws, but our immigration system is broken and must be fixed,” said Senator Heinrich.