- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Advocates are planning an Artesia march in support of detained Central American immigrants in New Mexico.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://goo.gl/wGUl08) that the Santa Fe-based advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido has scheduled a “Prayer Rally and March” for Aug. 17 to bring awareness to the detained migrants.

Organizers say the march also is an effort to demand federal immigration reform.

Gerard Escamilla, one of the organizers, says he hopes the march will ease fears and tensions in the small Southeastern New Mexico community over the immigrants.

Currently, more than 600 women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are detained at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia while they await either deportation or asylum.