YUMA, AZ – Officials at Yuma International Airport say they are on standby this week. Customs and Border Protection officials will bring about 140 Central American immigrant families and minors to the Desert Southwest by Wednesday.
They’ll land in Yuma before agents bus them to El Centro.
“Border Patrol tells us they will be housed in the Border Patrol facility in Imperial,” said John Renison, chairperson for the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. “At that point they will be processed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is another federal agency. So the coordination will be between the two agencies once they arrive.”
Renison says what happens after they arrive is to be determined.
“They have to be processed in a timely manner—within two to three days,” he said. “At that point, the government makes a decision as to: Are they released temporarily? Do they have to come back for a formal hearing? Or can they be released and sent elsewhere in the united states to hook up with relatives?”
Renison also says leaders at all level of the county are taking a humanitarian stance on this issue to help these kids and families with basic needs.
About 140 more immigrants are set to come later this week.
The Border Patrol agency says most will be released with a court date.
The majority seek out family relations once released and less than 10% make it to their court date according to official figures.