The Border Patrol shelved plans to fly nearly 300 Central American illegal immigrants to California from Texas late Sunday.
Paul Beeson, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, had told the Associated Press Saturday that two flights, each carrying approximately 140 passengers, would fly to San Diego and El Centro, approximately 100 miles east. Beeson also told AP that the flights would continue every three days and mainly carry families with children.
On Sunday, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman told the AP that the flights would not proceed as scheduled Monday, but did not give a reason. Ralph DeSio said that Beeson’s statements were accurate at the time he made them.
“This whole thing is in a very fluid state,” DeSio said. “I’m not sure if the plans will be reactivated but, as we’re speaking here this moment, it has been canceled. Tomorrow is another day.”
The government has been struggling to cope with a surge of Central Americans entering Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where the Border Patrol has made more than 174,000 arrests since Oct. 1. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decides whether families with young children and adults remain in custody or are released while they are in deportation proceedings.
U.S. border authorities have detained more than 39,000 adults with young children from October through May. Some have been released, but the Department of Homeland Security has refused to say how many and whether they failed to appear in immigration court.
The government has been actively looking for additional detention space — primarily for mothers with young children. ICE has only one detention center designed for families, an 85-bed facility in Berks County, Pennsylvania, that was once a nursing home.
The government is planning a 700-bed center in Artesia, New Mexico, that U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce told the Roswell Daily Record would be only for families. Pearce, a New Mexico Republican, told the newspaper Friday that the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia could house families but was not equipped to accommodate unaccompanied children.
The Border Patrol flew a large number of families from Texas to Tucson, Arizona, over Memorial Day weekend, drawing criticism from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer when ICE later dropped them off at Greyhound bus stations there.
Gabe Pacheco, spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613, which represents agents in San Diego, said he believed the California flights would have occurred if they hadn’t been announced.
“It’s just a matter of time. They’ll do it when no one’s paying attention,” he said.
Â “Overflow illegal children and families flown from Texas to El Centro”
BY MICHELLE MOONS
EL CENTRO -Illegal immigrant children and families overflowing into Texas from Central America and being held in overcrowded detention centers will soon see 300 detainees flown out to the southern California cities of San Diego and El Centro according to an Associated Press report.
Overwhelmed Border Patrol agents have been picking up migrants crossing the U.S. southern border.
One of the most flooded areas remains the Rio Grande Valley section of the border, leaving Texas low on resources to patrol the area while managing and caring for those taken into custody.
Breitbart News reported June 16 the statement of director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies Jessica Vaughan, â€œthe influx of illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande has reached 1,000 a day and forced the government to release criminal detainees who were awaiting deportation.â€
The AP report went on to state that additional flights were expected to repeat at least every three days for an unknown duration of time. Further, the number of Border Patrol arrests of illegal immigrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, has soared to 174,000 since October 1.
In Escondido, a town in northeast San Diego county, residents Larry and Kitty Demry shared on June 19 with California Political Review, â€œthe defunct, Palomar Hospital-run, long-term health care facility within .5 miles of my home is being considered by the City of Escondido Planning Department for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Government Services to operate an ‘unaccompanied youth care facility serving minors between 6 and 17 years of age.’
The public hearing notice goes on to say that these youth will be kept inside the facility with ‘six-foot-high security fencing.’â€
Breitbartâ€™s Brandon Darby, having released leaked images of the warehoused Central American illegal immigrant children just a couple of weeks ago, has been at the forefront of public revelations over the massive migration of unaccompanied children.
He spoke with Breitbart News Saturday just a week ago, commenting on the increase that has been occurring since the beginning of Obamaâ€™s 2009 ascension to the office of president. In a striking statement, Darby reportedly referred to this case as â€œthe worst humanitarian crisis since Hurricane Katrina.â€