Chicken pox halts deportation at Artesia facility

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico congressman says the deportation of immigrants from a detention facility in Artesia have been temporarily stopped because of chicken pox.

Rep. Steve Pearce said Tuesday that the immigrant women and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers are being treated and vaccinated.

But Pearce says two people at the facility had to be put in isolation because of the chicken pox virus.

He says he's worried about the health and safety of the woman and children held at FLETC as the facility reaches maximum capacity.

Pearce also says Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical Center in Roswell now will be used by FLETC for patient care instead of Artesia General Hospital.

Department of Homeland Security officials didn't immediately return calls Tuesday night about the situation at Artesia.

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