REPORT: Border detention cells so overcrowded that U.S. is using aircraft to move migrants
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Overcrowding at Border Patrol stations in South Texas has become so acute in recent days that U.S. authorities have taken the rare step of using aircraft to relocate migrants to other areas of the border simply to begin processing them, according to three Homeland Security officials.
The first flight left McAllen, Tex., on Friday, transferring detainees to Border Patrol facilities in Del Rio, Tex. There are daily flights scheduled for the next several days, with two planned for Tuesday, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the operations.
The article goes on to state the following:
The flights are conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the detainees remain in the custody of Border Patrol, officials said. Though ICE routinely uses aircraft to move detainees among its detention facilities, it is very unusual for Border Patrol to fly recent arrivals from one part of the border to another to perform routine booking procedures.
Homeland Security officials requested the aircraft because Border Patrol urgently needs to move single adults out of the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The agency is scrambling to make room for the large volume of families and children who have come across the border in dramatically higher numbers in the past several days, officials said.
The report also shared the following:
Authorities detained 109,144 migrants along the Mexico border last month, the highest total since 2007. More than 60 percent of those taken into custody were families or children.
A week ago CBP said it took more than 5,000 into custody, its busiest day yet. Since then CBP has had three days exceeding 5,500 arrests/day. The additional surge is consistent with historic May patterns but if this becomes new norm we’re looking at 160k/month and 2 million/year
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) May 11, 2019
— USBPChief (@USBPChief) May 10, 2019
— CBP (@CBP) May 9, 2019
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