Hundreds of migrants being cared for in Albuquerque

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, March 12 2019 Mar 12, 2019 March 12, 2019 1:52 PM March 12, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - About 300 migrants are being cared for in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after being released from federal custody in El Paso, Texas.

The nonprofit organizations in El Paso that have been housing asylum-seekers are running out of room, forcing men, women and children to be bused Sunday to Albuquerque after being released from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

City officials say the migrants are staying at hotels while they are processed to be sent around the country to stay with their families or sponsors as they await formal hearings.

Albuquerque Communications Director Matt Ross says the migrants, who are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, turned themselves in at the border and are officially requesting asylum.

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