by Daveda Gruber:
U.S. Border Patrol agents are being overwhelmed by the number of illegal migrants entering the U.S. and many cross over the border in Texas. Hundreds of migrant families will not stay in Texas but be flown to the state of California.
As many as three flights a week were scheduled to begin on Friday. The flights will fly 120 to 135 people to San Diego from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
The flights will continue indefinitely.
Border Patrol’s interim San Diego sector chief Douglas Harrison called it a “contingency operation” that would see at least three flights a week making the trip.
Each flight would cost the government around $6,000. Harrison said, “We don’t have an end date. We’ve got to give the people in Rio Grande Valley some relief.”
The Border Patrol says it is detaining around 8,000 people at a time in the Rio Grande Valley. That is double its maximum capacity. A 500-person tent was opened earlier this month but that’s not enough to care for these illegal migrants. .
Agents in the Rio Grande Valley will collect biographical information and do a medical screening before sending migrants to San Diego on flights contracted by ICE, Harrison said. Migrants will go from San Diego International Airport to a Border Patrol station. There they will be fingerprinted, interviewed and most likely screened again for medical problems.
The process of screening and interviewing one person typically takes several hours. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will decide whether to release or detain the families in San Diego.
Border arrests have surged since the summer to 98,977 in April which is nearly three times what they were a year earlier. Nearly seven of every 10 came as families or were children traveling alone. The Rio Grande Valley was by far the busiest passage point. The next busiest is El Paso, Texas.
The next move is said to be similar flights to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo, N.Y. The people going on these flights will not have a California dream come true.
I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you are on, this is a crisis that is happening now.
Will it take a heavy influx of illegal migrants in blue states to see that there is a real crisis at the southern border? I’m pretty sure that some people cannot be convinced because they refuse to see the problem and they are blinded by hatred for those of us who can see the truth.