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Detention center brings immigration debate to small-town New Mexico
Detention center brings immigration debate to small-town New Mexico

In this small New Mexican town, high school football is so popular that the celebration of Halloween gets moved if it happens to fall on a Friday. The sport is especially welcome this year after Department of Homeland Security officials opened up a makeshift immigration detention center during the summer, thrusting this oil town just shy of 11,500 residents into the middle of a national immigration debate. "Football takes their minds off of it," said Shales Zuniga, who sported an orange Artesia High School Bulldogs football jersey. "It's hard not having anything else to talk about. Now there is." Unprepared for thousands of parents with children who entered the...

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