Published: 9:24 am, Sun. Sep. 28th, 2014Updated: 1:56 pm
By BRANDON MESSICK
Daily Press Staff Writer
On June 20, anonymous sources leaked information to the press about a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center that would be housed within Artesia’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) compound. While it began as a rumor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed it the next day. The FLETC prepared several former Border Patrol barracks to house nearly 700 immigrant mothers with children.
The detention center is temporary, according to ICE officials, as a measure to combat what has been referred to as an “unprecedented” influx of undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border. The majority of these immigrants have come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to escape gangs and violence in their respective countries of origin. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.