Luján Hosts Virtual Meeting with Migrant Hospitality Centers
Nambé, N.M. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) met virtually with southern New Mexico organizations that provide hospitality services to migrants and asylum seekers along the U.S. border with Mexico. Senator Luján thanked the participants – including representatives from Dona Ana County, the City of Las Cruces, Save the Children, Border Servant Corps, and Annunciation House – for filling a void in federal efforts under the last administration to assist asylum seekers.
The senator also shared details about the Southern Border Communities Reimbursement Act, new legislation he introduced alongside Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) to reimburse localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide future humanitarian care to migrants.
“When asylum seekers began arriving at the southern border in 2018, New Mexico’s communities answered the call to provide humanitarian care. Churches, non-profits, and local government agencies led the charge to feed, shelter, and support families fleeing violence and persecution,” said Luján. “It was important to hear directly from these organizations about services they provide, how they fill the void of federal agencies, and how they are preparing for the future. I’m inspired by their kindness and generosity, and I’m going to continue to push for more federal resources to help cover the costs associated with the incredible work they do.”