EL CENTRO – The Border Patrol is rescheduling flights to bring Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing. Some of those migrants will be flown to Yuma and then taken by bus to El Centro
Customs and Border Protection announced Friday 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.
Imperial County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Renison said Friday he talked to the El Centro Sector Border Patrol chief, who said the migrants being sent to El Centro will be flown to Yuma Tuesday. They will then be taken by bus to El Centro.
The Yuma International Airport released a statement, saying, “Yuma International Airport officials have been contacted by CBP to provide aviation related support as necessary. At this point, the airport is on standby awaiting further notice.”
Friday’s announcement comes less than a week after the agency canceled the California flights.
The government has been struggling to cope with a surge of Central Americans entering south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The Border Patrol has made more than 174,000 arrests there since Oct. 1.
Once the migrants are processed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement decides who can be released while awaiting deportation proceedings.