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Deming does migrant detention differently

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Detention center in Deming, New Mexico.
Detention center in Deming, New Mexico. Jennifer Jara

Deming, New Mexico is a small town near the US-Mexican border that finds itself caught in the middle of heated immigration debates.Starting in May, the US Border Patrol began dropping off asylum-seekers, mostly from Central America, at facilities on Deming's outskirts.These migrants have traveled thousands of kilometers, often in dangerous conditions, and have official sponsors in the USA they'll eventually reach -- as opposed to undocumented migrants crossing the border without such connections.While headlines out of detention facilities -- where children may be separated from their families -- fill the American news these days, processing centers like those in Deming provide a striking contrast.In part, because they're mainly operated by local government and bands of volunteers from the community, rather than Homeland Security or other federal agencies, as Sam Schramski reports.Click the 'play' button above to listen or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report'.

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