New Mexico governor tours immigration facility

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is touring a temporary facility housing hundreds of immigrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.

Martinez was scheduled Saturday to receive a briefing from federal officials at the barracks of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Officials say about 400 immigrants, most from Central America, are being detained there.

About 40 immigrants were deported from New Mexico to Honduras by airplane on Monday.

Authorities say more immigrants being held in Artesia will soon be sent back to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon as part of a plan for quick removal.

Officials say there has been a recent surge of immigrants, including 57,000 unaccompanied children, along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Many say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty.

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