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27 May 03:34 AM

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What does "transit hubs" (2nd paragraph) mean?

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Deming is among the smallest cities to be used by the Border Patrol as a drop-off point. The largely Hispanic community, set along the interstate amid the Chihuahuan desert, is a mix of retirees, farmers, ranchers and federal employees. About 34% of residents live in poverty, according to census data.

Border Patrol officials have said they try to release migrants into the care of aid groups and shelters, but sometimes as a last resort are forced to drop them in places the agency considers transit hubs. Deming, an hour and a half from El Paso’s busy border crossing, is the only town in this rural border county with a Greyhound bus stop. A spokesman for the federal agency said migrants were being dropped off in Deming because of its proximity to dangerously crowded Border Patrol stations in the western part of the state.

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