Not Just Florida: Border Patrol To Fly Thousands Of Illegal Migrants To San Diego

Yesterday we reported that the Trump administration would be dumping thousands of illegal migrants in Florida due to overcrowding at the border.

Now, we learn that San Diego will receive hundreds of migrant families from South Texas for processing, as the agency struggles to keep up with large numbers of Central Americans who have flooded into the country. The agency said that it was also considering distributing apprehended border-crossers to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo, New York, according to the Globe and Mail.

Flights from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to San Diego were slated to begin on Friday – continuing three times a week indefinitely. Each flight will carry 120 – 135 people, according to the Border Patrol’s interim San Diego sector chief, Douglas Harrison. Conservatively, that means at least 1,440 migrants per month, or 17,280 annually.

“We don’t have an end date,” said Harrison. “This is a contingency operation. We’ve got to give the people in Rio Grande Valley some relief.”

Plans to fly from Rio Grande Valley to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo were preliminary, Harrison said. Authorities were researching available airports and the ability for non-profit groups to provide temporary assistance.

Already, U.S. authorities are moving four buses a day from the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) away. There is also a daily flight contracted through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Del Rio, Texas, about 275 miles away (440 kilometres) away.

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, where they will be fingerprinted, interviewed and screened again for medical problems. Processing at the station typically takes hours. –Globe and Mail

ICE will decide whether to detain or release the families in San Diego. It has been longstanding practice to quickly release them into the community with notices to appear in immigration court.

San Diego’s Rapid Response Network – a coalition of civic and religious groups that help asylum-seekers with temporary shelter – will undoubtedly come under further strain. The network said that it would shelter migrants who are flown in from Texas, and that the influx of new migrants “underscores the urgent need for a permanent, long-term migrant shelter in San Diego.”

Short flights cost the federal government about $6,000 each, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear how much longer flights cost.

Border Patrol agents do some processing remotely by videoconference, but Harrison said stations in the Rio Grande Valley had run out of room even to do that. San Diego, he said, had room to hold migrants for up to 72 hours and staff to process them, which stations on the northern border lack. –Globe and Mail

Arrests at the border have nearly tripled the number from last year – reaching 98,977 in April. Around 70% were families or children traveling alone – however in March, former Homeland Security Chief Kristjen Nielsen said that border smugglers are using “child recycling rings” to thwart US Customs and Border Protection.

“We’ve broken up child recycling rings — if you can believe it — in the last couple of months, which is where smugglers pick up a child, they give it to adults to present themselves as a family once they get over — because, as you know, we can only hold families for 20 days — they send the child back and bring the child back with another family. Another fake family,” Nielsen told Fox News‘s Tucker Carlson.

The Rio Grande Valley is the most busy corridor for border crossings, followed by El Paso, Texas. The Border Patrol reports that it’s detaining around 8,000 people at a time in the Rio Grande Valley – double its maximum capacity. On Friday, the agency said that it would open four new temporary structures that will have generators, lighting and air conditioning.

via zerohedge


  1. Which simply puts a spotlight on the flaw of the so-called Flores agreement. Families and unaccompanied minors should be held until their cases are adjudicated. That would slow down the invasion. Knowing that they would have to spend years in detention instead of being allowed to hide in the country.

  2. The disgusting demo-RATS are the cause of this! Their lies about a manufactured crisis! They should fix the immigration laws and provide money to build the wall NOW! These illegals should not be allowed to get into our country! The demo-RATS want them here for their illegal votes! Wake up America and vote them all out of office before we are over run and there will be no law and order in our country!

    1. We are at the point already. Here in CA I bet there are more illegals here than Americans. They all vote and we will never be able to get out from under the insane radical liberal rule. More and more middle class people are fleeing this rotten state. Who will be left to pay higher and higher taxes to support these foreign creeps that just come here to take advantage of the financial promises these Democratic rats make them. Dump them all into California and the other sanctuary hell holes. They will get the jobs our Americans should get. These people are all uneducated and many times criminals and sick people. I haven’t seen one educated person invade our country. The educated stay in their own country because they can live well there. These people are only using the refugee status to take advantage of our insane immigration laws. When it comes time to vote just remember what party is encouraging this madness. That is the only way we can change it. These so-called refugees pay up to 8 thousand dollars to the cartels and their coyotes to invade us. How do they get that money if it is so back in their countries. Every time Trump tries to do something to stop it these liberal crazy judges stop him at every turn. We can not save this country unless we vote every single democrat out of office. What country will allow us to migrate to when we have no more room for Americans here?? Nobody is as stupid as us.

    1. You bet it’s working. Not enough people are realizing what damage this is causing us besides the illnesses they are bringing and the crimes. No Democrat seems to worry about that. They truly don’t care about this country. Why is e-verify not enacted?? Until we punish employers who hire illegals with sky high fines it will never stop. If nobody gives them free stuff and jobs they will stop coming. I am also sick of the democrats and these illegal supporters for blaming us for the conditions i n those shit holes and they are expecting us tax payers to give more money to build up these countries. How much more money from us do they want??? Free health care for illegals now which will cost our country trillions. People wake up this is breaking us and you will make it happen faster if you vote for any democrat.

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