US to open immigrant family detention center in NM

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 9:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government says the first new detention facility to house immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally amid a surge from Central America will be in New Mexico.

Officials say a 700-bed family detention facility will be located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. Officials have no specific date for the opening, saying it will be soon.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says the administration is actively looking for additional space to house immigrant families, primarily mothers with young children, caught crossing the Mexican border illegally. He has not said how many people the new family detention centers will house or where others will be located.

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