Artesia City Councilor To Discuss Detention Center

Oct 18, 2014


A letter written by one of the people being held in ICE custody in Artesia, NM.
Credit Ed Williams

A city councilor in southeastern New Mexico where 500 Central American immigrants are being detained is set to join a forum on the center's conditions.

Officials say Artesia City Councilor Jose Luis Aguilar is set to participate in a forum Sunday in Albuquerque that will also address how the immigrants are struggling to obtain legal representation.

Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says since the Artesia detention center opened in June, more than 300 immigrants have been processed and deported from facility.

But this week Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch said ICE officials now report more detainees are getting released from the center than deported.