By JULIE WATSON Associated Press
June 27, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol announced Friday that it was going forward with its plans to fly Central American migrants from the Rio Grande Valley to Southern California and two Texas border cities to help relieve what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis.
Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the agency plans to transport adults and children from the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo and El Paso in Texas and San Diego and El Centro in Southern California.
Friday’s announcement comes less than a week after the agency canceled the California flights. Officials released no further details. It is not known when the flights would begin nor how many migrants would be transported to the state.
Paul Beeson, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, told The Associated Press a week ago that the plan at that time called for two flights with 140 passengers each. They were expected to continue every three days, carrying mostly families with children and some adults.
Thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children have been coming to the U.S. in recent months as they flee violence, murders and extortion from criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Many of them are under the impression that they will receive leniency from U.S. authorities once they get here. Once the migrants are processed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement decides who can be released while awaiting deportation proceedings.
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