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#WATWB: The Town that Opened Doors to People Seeking Asylum


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Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of about 100,000, didn’t ask for asylum seekers to be sent to them. It was ordered by the US federal government.* In response, the people of Las Cruces rallied to provide hospitality.

“Rather than leave them at bus stations or other locations within the community, the City of Las Cruces and its government and non-government partners are working to provide care before processing (asylum seekers) through to their host families.”

City of Las Cruces Website*

Volunteers organized to provide food, clothing, and shelter for the 1600 people dropped off by border patrol.  The city council designated $600,000 in funding for temporary housing and the community has added private donations. Read more about this town that chose to help in the following article from The Good News Network:


We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope….”

#WATWB starts on the last Friday of each month. You can join in any time over the weekend. Our co-hosts are: Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese, and Damyanti Biswas,

“Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.”

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “#WATWB: The Town that Opened Doors to People Seeking Asylum

  1. The people of Las Cruces have shown us the way forward. We can do this ❤

  2. Great post! Las Cruces is a perfect example of compassion in action. Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB! 🙂

  3. This is what humanity is all about. Thanks for sharing this story of love in our times of hate, and for your support of WATWB.

    • It really is one of the main reasons we are here – to help each other. I’m so thankful there are some people who get this. WATWB is important. Thanks for your leadership!

  4. Las Cruces, is an example for all, thanks for sharing this with us.

  5. The people and government of Las Cruces are perfect examples of kindness and compassion. They are truly setting an amazing example for all of us. Thanks for sharing this story, JoAnna!

  6. Hi JoAnna – if only others would follow their example … gosh we here in Europe could learn so much from that community. A really amazing example of helping others in their desperate need … just makes so much sense. Thank you so much – cheers Hilary

    • There are compassionate and evolved people everywhere. Still, it amazes me how some people in the US – the callous and the greedy – are to be so far behind. Maybe they will catch up some day. I will continue to hope.

  7. Good people! Thank you for this story, JoAnna.

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