Mayor: Artesia immigrant center may open for year

Mayor: Artesia immigrant center may open for year

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Students wearing t-shirts during a demonstration by immigrant student for an end to deportations and urge relief by governmental agencies for those in deportation proceedings on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. In a policy change, the Obama administration said it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - The mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city says an immigration detention center in town will be open for a year - and maybe longer.
   
Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently informed him of their plans. Seven-hundred or so Central American immigrants will be housed at Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He says the average stay for immigrants there will be 30 days.
   
Last week, the Obama administration announced plans to open detention centers for families due to a surge in children suspected of entering the country illegally.
   
Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 52,000 immigrant children crossing the border alone since October.

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