Hundreds Of Immigrants To Be Sheltered At Border Patrol Training Academy

CBS Houston

ARTESIA, N.M. (CBS Houston/AP) — Hundreds of illegal immigrants are going to start being sheltered at the Border Patrol training academy in Artesia, N.M.

Up to 700 immigrants are expected to arrive at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center by the end of the week.

New Mexico state lawmakers said they were not told of the plan until last week.

“It raises a lot of suspicion and creates a lot of distrust, as far as the community goes,” state Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell told KOAT-TV. “Each one of these rooms will have eight bunk beds. There will be televisions and play things for kids … it looks like a better pre-K program than what our kids will be experiencing.”

Ezzell questioned the use of federal dollars to house the immigrants at a time when veterans aren’t getting proper health care and she’s encouraging residents to speak out about the facility.

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