- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Organizers behind a short-term shelter in Las Cruces for immigrants say more than 200 people have already passed through.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (https://bit.ly/UkxTMX) Saturday that at least one group of families has come each week since the shelter was established earlier this month in an event hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral.

Officials say the most recent group of about 23 families and 58 individuals arrived Wednesday.

The migrants are given a cot, a shower, clean clothes, hot meals and health checks.

The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces says most stay anywhere from a few hours to two days before leaving to find family in other parts of the U.S.

Diocese officials Susan Roberts says more than 600 volunteers have been assisting at the shelter.



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