The U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that it would fly hundreds of migrant families from south Texas to San Diego for processing and that it was considering flights to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo, New York.
The flights are the latest sign of how the Border Patrol is struggling to keep up with large numbers of Central American families that are reaching the U.S. border with Mexico, especially in Texas. Moving migrants to less crowded places is expected to distribute the workload more evenly.
Flights from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to San Diego were to begin Friday and continue indefinitely three times a week, with each flight carrying 120 to 135 people, said Douglas Harrison, the Border Patrol’s interim San Diego sector
Plans to fly from Rio Grande Valley to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo were preliminary, Harrison said. Authorities were researching available airports and the ability for nonprofit groups to provide temporary assistance.
Already, U.S. authorities are moving four buses a day from the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. There is also a daily flight contracted through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Del Rio, Texas, about 275 miles away (440 kilometers) away.
Agents in the Rio Grande Valley will collect biographical information and do a medical screening before sending migrants to San Diego on flights contracted by ICE, Harrison said. Migrants will go from San Diego International Airport to a Border Patrol station, where they will be fingerprinted, interviewed and screened again for medical problems. Processing at the station typically takes hours.Facebook. Click here to log out. 0% (0 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)
ICE will decide whether to release or detain the families in San Diego. Its practice since October has been to quickly release families in the U.S. with notices to appear in immigration court.
“We don’t have an end date,” Harrison said. “This is a contingency operation. We’ve got to give the people in Rio Grande Valley some relief.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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Change of plan: DeSantis balks, CBP flies migrants to California
This article was sourced from Hot Air
Never mind about that plan to send illegal migrants to Florida. Thanks to some strong pushback from Governor Ron DeSantis, a loyal Trump supporter, the city of San Diego became the latest destination.
With record numbers of people apprehended at the southern border, the Trump administration decided to relieve the overcrowding of detention centers at the border and fly detainees to other places. First, President Trump threatened to move them into sanctuary cities, which sounded like a reasonable idea to me. Then a plan was discussed to fly migrants, mostly families, to Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida. Those two county governments, run by Democrats, were not happy with the burdens presented with that decision. The governor was angry and pushed back. Governor DeSantis, a former congressman, blamed Congress for the problems in the immigration policy and the Border Patrol for the decision. He didn’t place any blame on President Trump.
“This was not something that came down from the White House. This is something that came out of the agency,” DeSantis said, referring to the Border Patrol. “Sometimes this stuff happens. Ultimately this is something I’m going to have to talk to the president about
“We cannot accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state,” DeSantis made it clear he opposed the idea. “I think it’ll tax our resources, schools and health care, law enforcement, state agencies.”
DeSantis said that Florida cooperates with the federal government and releases illegal aliens into federal custody. The state legislature is outlawing sanctuary cities and counties in Florida through legislation. He took a jab at Congress for its inaction in dealing with illegal immigration.
DeSantis said the problem of a large number of migrants at the border with Mexico is the result of years of ineffective government policy. He said Congress needs to fix the immigration system.
“The disaster that we’re seeing at the border, that is a disaster created by the policies that were enacted by the Congress of the United States,” he said.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have begun flying migrant families from the Rio Grande Valley to San Diego, California. As many as 135 people are expected to be on three flights each anticipated to be scheduled every week. The agency also began flying migrant families from the Rio Grande Valley to Del Rio, Texas five times a week. All of this air travel is unusual, but the crisis at the border calls for extraordinary measures to deal with the influx of such large numbers of people. The detainees must be moved to places that can process them.
It is rare for the Department of Homeland Security to fly undocumented immigrants between temporary holding centers in the United States just after crossing the border, and before they have been processed by the Border Patrol.
Given a court ruling that prohibits the government from detaining immigrant children for more than 20 days, the migrant families are likely to be given a notice to appear before an immigration judge, referred to a nonprofit organization and released into the public.
The government is not required to send migrants to places where they might have relatives. Customs and Border Protection officials said migrants would be sent to processing centers that would be best able to process them quickly.
Hey, isn’t California a sanctuary state? Yes. Yes, it is. California looks like a good place for migrant families to go. If they are released “into the public” and told to come for a hearing when they receive a notice but disappear instead into who-knows-where in the state, well, that shouldn’t be a problem for such an open border loving state, right? The woke California legislators who pander for votes and create this kind of dangerous policy for their state should be held responsible.
Migrants are being bused from the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo, Texas. Other cities are being discussed as options for processing them. Detroit, Miami, and Buffalo, New York all have processing centers that could provide relief for the overcrowding at the border.
The changes were outlined by Customs and Border Protection officials who were not authorized to discuss them publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. They said migrants could be sent to processing centers in unidentified coastal regions and the northern border with Canada if the number of immigrants coming to the United States continued to surge.
With catch and release now in effect, the detainees are usually released to non-governmental organizations and charities who provide local assistance. When these facilities are at capacity, though, that leaves the only other option for CBP, which is to drop them off at bus stations or transportation hubs nearby. 180,000 family members have been released into cities since December 2018, often at bus stations. With the number of illegal migrants detained at the border continuing to reach record levels, there is no relief in sight. As long as both political parties continue to be unwilling to work together for immigration reform, the humanitarian crisis at the border will continue.
This article was sourced from TheFederalistpapers