Trump Administration Flying Migrants Out of Texas to Ease Overcrowding at Border
Added 05-18-19 09:40:03am EST - “The Department of Homeland Security has begun flying recent border-crossers and asylum seekers to California in a program that may expand to coastal areas and the Canadian border.” - Nytimes.com
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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of migrants are being flown from South Texas to holding cells in California by the Department of Homeland Security, in a move that officials said on Friday could be expanded by sending asylum seekers to processing centers throughout the United States, including the border with Canada.
Customs and Border Protection officials said they began flying migrant families from overcrowded facilities in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to San Diego on Tuesday. It is expected that as many as three flights, each carrying up to 135 migrants, will be scheduled each week.
The agency also recently started flying migrants five times each week from the Rio Grande Valley to Del Rio, Tex. Nearly all of the migrants are traveling as families, including some with young children.
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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.
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