Migrant Families Being Flown to San Diego from Texas in US Border Crisis

Loren Elliott/Reuters

Hundreds of detainees from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in Texas and elsewhere are being flown to San Diego for processing beginning on Friday, the agency said.

Border officials said they are developing plans to fly potentially thousands of migrant families to other places away from the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

The agency said the number of people apprehended at the border since Oct. 1 was nearly 520,000, the highest in a decade. In the past week, there was an average of 4,500 arrests a day.

This is making it difficult to process and release family units within 20 days of their arrival at a detention center, as required by law, the CBP said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year declared the immigration influx a national emergency, which allowed him to circumvent Congress to redirect more than $6 billion in funding to start building the border wall that he campaigned on in the 2016 presidential election. His move has been challenged in courts.

Three flights a week will arrive in the San Diego area from the Rio Grande Valley carrying approximately 130 people per flight, a CBP official at the San Diego office said.

“We’re in the middle of a humanitarian crisis and the numbers in Texas are staggering so the BP is helping out in those sectors to more efficiently process these folks,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

Flights operated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) will land at San Diego International Airport and the detainees will be moved to the eight Border Patrol stations in the San Diego sector. “They will be housed properly inside,” the official said.

The program has no end date and no unaccompanied children will be on the flight.

The CBP statement said the border officials are also busing people to El Centrol from Yuma and to Laredo from the Rio Grande Valley. It did not say which other cities might receive migrants. Media reports say the agency was considering flights to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo, New York, where the agency has facilities.

Trump last month threatened to send migrants to so-called sanctuary cities such as New York and San Francisco, which generally give undocumented immigrants safe harbor by refusing to use their resources to help enforce federal immigration laws that could lead to deportations.

In the past week, border authorities have averaged 4,500 apprehensions a day and facilities aren’t equipped to care for the influx of children, the CBP statement said. Since Dec. 21, ICE has released approximately 180,000 family members into places in the United States.

“Whenever possible, the releases have been coordinated with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As NGOs have reached their capacities, CBP has released family units at transportation hubs during daylight hours when the weather does not endanger those released,” the statement said.

(Reporting by Bill Tarrant; editing by Grant McCool)

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rcranger
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rcranger

First, run the democrats out of office who support immigration laws that prohibit immediate deportation for illegal entry. Then, set up a big bus terminal on the border where all the illegals are rounded up and then drive them right back across the border – 24/7, until the problem stops. Require all requests for refugee status be given in person at our embassies, not at our border. This is ridiculous.

Marilyn Berryman Rounds
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Change the law! They should not be released they should be returned to they’re home country! Period!!!

Pat Starck
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Pat Starck

Are the children receiving the necessary vaccines (mumps, chicken pox, measles) before release? Are the adults screened for tuberculosis? Flu shots given? We live an hour away from San Diego. Kind of important as they assimilate into our communities and work in restaurants, etc.

Helen Etling
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Sending detainees to the other border stations will not resolve the problem. The other stations have diminished number of agents because they have been sent to the southern boarder. Pick up the migrants and put them on a plane back to wherever. I know that is against the law but if Congress will not act then severe actions must be taken.

TOM
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Well San Diego is a sanctuary city so what better place to send them to.

Dale Swanson
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Dale Swanson

Sanctuary states, counties and cities should get priority for receiving the excess illegals that are released due to lack of holding space or laws preventing holding them. Sanctuary governments act intentionally to obstruct the enforcement of federal law, which in itself is against the law.
It’s only right that those who’re trying to prevent our government from enforcing our borders bear the costs and problems associated with being forced to keep, house, feed, provide medical care, child care, education, and all other associated costs rather than those who act in accordance with the law, and bear the costs of the co-operation.

Marlene Olson
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Well, if they’re going to the expense of flying them somewhere else, why not fly them back to Mexico (or wherever)? Why do we, as a Country, have to take care of everyone in the world? We have our own problems right here.

John
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John

It appears that CBP is complicit in promoting illegal immigration. Why are they delivering these illegal aliens (criminals!) further into our country’s interior instead of sending them back one the border to Mexico. Or better yet, why did they let them in the first place? Aren’t they supposed to be stopping “illegal” immigration? These tax payer funded transports of illegals into the heart of our country must stop!

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