LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, Thursday, October 3, in Deming, and on Friday, October 4, in Las Cruces, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will address the ongoing harm and fallout of the Trump administration’s inhumane immigration policies that have affected thousands of asylum seekers in New Mexico. Senator Heinrich will recognize community members from Luna and Doña Ana Counties for their response to assist migrant families. Senator Heinrich will also tour the Las Cruces Border Patrol Station.
Senator Heinrich secured $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New Mexico and elsewhere that provided much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers. The measure was included in a $4.6 billion border supplemental funding agreement that passed the Senate and was signed into law. The agreement includes emergency funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border, with significant funding for legal assistance, food, water, and medical services, as well as stronger protections for unaccompanied children. The agreement requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prioritize community-based care, foster care, and small group homes over large institutional facilities.
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Deming, N.M. - Thursday, October 3, 2019
At 1:30 p.m. MT, Senator Heinrich will tour the Armory that the City of Deming and Luna County have set up to shelter asylum seekers as a result of the Trump administration's inhumane border policies.
At 2 p.m. MT, Senator Heinrich will recognize community members and elected officials for their response to support asylum-seekers who traveled through Deming over the last year.
WHERE: Armory, 700 Pearl St., Deming, N.M. 88030
Las Cruces, N.M. - Friday, October 4, 2019
At 9:15 a.m. MT, Senator Heinrich will hold a press availability outside of the Las Cruces Border Patrol Station after touring the facility.
WHERE: Las Cruces Border Patrol Station, 3120 N. Main St., Las Cruces, N.M. 88001
At 10 a.m. MT, Senator Heinrich will tour Brown Armory set up by Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces to shelter asylum seekers. As a result of the Trump Administration's inhumane immigration policies, Las Cruces and Doña Ana County have sheltered thousands of asylum-seekers.
At 10:15 a.m. MT, Senator Heinrich will recognize community members and elected officials for their response to support asylum-seekers who traveled through Las Cruces over the last year.
WHERE: Brown Armory, 1300 W. Brown Rd., Las Cruces, N.M. 88005