- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigration authorities say deportations of detainees at a temporary New Mexico center have resumed after the quarantine over chickenpox recently was lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement late Monday the agency restarted removal flights back to Central America on Aug. 7. Since then, officials say 71 immigrant adults and children from the center have been deported.

ICE says since the quarantine was ordered health personnel have been clearing detainees who have immunity to chicken pox and preparing for deportations once removal orders are issued.

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

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