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Asylum Seeker Report for April 19, 2019

  • As of 1 p.m. this afternoon, The City of Las Cruces has accepted and served about 1300 asylum seekers.
  • 95 people were received this morning and there is anticipation of an increase today based on talks with Border Patrol of decreased weekend staffing.
  • 150 people were dropped off during the last operational period. 235 were sheltered overnight.
  • Las Cruces High School (LCHS) is up and operating with a capacity of 235 people – The Triage Center will be phased out today due to lower staffing levels until Monday.
  • Media is asked to only assemble at an empty lot staging area to the West of McDonalds on Boutz Road.
  • LCHS will host the team of people working on travel arrangements later this afternoon, as they will be leaving the Triage Center.
  • No buses are available Sunday so there will be a need more drivers on Sunday to help operate the vans that are available.
  • Staff/Volunteers at various sites are reporting what is needed. Towels are needed at LCHS, but all donations are being asked to go to one of two locations: Gospel Rescue Mission for clothing type donations and Casa de Perigrinos for non-perishable food. Monetary donations are preferred.
  • Plans through the weekend includes working with Annunciation House, moving people out of Community of Hope and Gospel Rescue Mission for cleaning. Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center is on standby for overflow. (It will close to the public, just as Meerscheidt did this past week, until further notice. Senior meals, however, will be available on Monday.)
  • Volunteers Coordinators are working to identify where and how often volunteers are needed, so they don’t show up at the same location get turned away.