KOB-TV.com - By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com - he arrival and deportation of Central American immigrants in Artesia has been halted due to the spread of chicken pox at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, according to Congressman Steve Pearce.
The congressman said Department of Homeland Security officials are currently treating and vaccinating immigrant women and children held at the facility. He says two people have been put in isolation.
"As the FLETC facility reaches maximum capacity, I am increasingly concerned for the health and safety of the women and children at FLETC and for the local community," Pearce wrote in a statement. "Our office communicated to DHS officials outlining our concerns with impacting local citizens, posing risks to the local community and draining limited county medical resources."
Pearce said federal officials will now reportedly use Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical Center in Roswell instead of Artesia General Hospital for patient care. The congressman says the decision could be an unexpected burden on local medical resources. More