The Migrant Surge Takes Flight



With migrants sleeping on the ground and penned up under a bridge, news that the U.S. Border Patrol is putting them on planes is yet another sign of America’s border breakdown. Note: These flights are not headed south.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has started running daily flights from the Rio Grande Valley, where shelters are maxed out. At $16,000 per trip – about $120 per migrant – the overwhelmed CBP is scrambling to ensure that adult migrants don’t slip through the cracks as agents process an increasing number of “family units.”

Taking to the air because all its buses are being utilized, CBP is flying migrants to Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio for processing. Family units with no criminal history or illnesses are released.

From there, commercial buses transport migrants to points north, east and west. Dispersing before hearings on their asylum status, it’s anyone’s guess how many will actually show up in court. The latest Department of Justice statistics indicate that 28 percent of illegal aliens released into the U.S. failed to appear. It’s likely that percentage has increased since the 2017 report.

Bowing to chronic overcrowding, CBP in recent weeks began releasing migrants directly, instead of waiting for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to pick them up and detain them.

The Border Patrol apprehended 109,144 migrants at the Mexico border last month, the highest total since 2007. More than 60 percent of them were families or children. Now planes are being deployed to launch their journey into America’s interior.

“This is the worst I have ever seen it, by far,” said one veteran Border Patrol agent in South Texas.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

13 Comments

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    This is another form of reward for ILLEGALS INVADING this country and it must stop! However, as long as the Socialist/Democrats keep fighting their deportation, sending them to sanctuary locations is appropriate so that those responsible can have a fair picture of what their illegals actions result for the rest of us!

    BUILD THE WALL! ENFORCE THE LAW! MAGA!

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    I STILL think that anyone crossing the border illegally- at ANY point other than a port of entry, should be shot on sight as an enemy invader. That includes any found INSIDE the US without legal documentation. They get 24 hours to produce such OR end up against a wall. Needless to say, they would be wearing a tracking bracelet while going for their documents, and given the message that someone WOULD be coming for them at the end of that period. And they’d know EXACTLY where to find them.
    It wouldn’t take many for the message to get back to them.

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    THIS IS WRONG!!!! SEND THEM BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM…!!!! STOP ALLOWING THEM INTO OUR COUNTRY TO REMAIN HERE… I’M SO FED UP WITH THIS INSANITY… AT SOME POINT, THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO COLLAPSE UNDER THE STRAIN … THEY ARE DRAINING OUR RESOURCES AND OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!!
    MORE AND MORE OF THESE PARASITES WHO ENTER, THE GREATER THE BURDEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.. ILLEGAL ALIEN PARASITES IS WHAT THEY ARE..LIVING OFF THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!
    Our politicians have ABSOLUTELY destroyed the meaning and value of being a citizen when they continue to hand these illegal aliens more and more of OUR rights and benefits … they are stealing our country from the American people and handing it to the illegal aliens FREE OF CHARGE!!!
    PUT THEM ON THE PLANE AND SEND THEM BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM… WITH A MESSAGE THAT THEY ARE NOT WELCOME HERE UNLESS THEY COME LEGALLY!!!!

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    RockyMtn1776 on

    I did NOT vote for this ! We have been sold out by BOTH political parties on the immigration issue, both want illegal aliens here for various reasons. Our last 5 Presidents refused to enforce our immigration laws and it appears we may have a 6th. Trump campaigned on immigration to be elected, problem is we still have chain migration, let’m all in amnesty and far to many visa’s being issued. About 650,000 illegals to be scattered across the US this year. We can fly them all over America but not back to their home country. The USA has roughly 4.6% of the world population and 20% of the world migrants ! Our nation wasn’t sold to the highest bidder, our elected officials GAVE it away piece by piece to illegal aliens and forced American taxpayers to pay for it !
    Far to many of our elected officials were more than willing to sell their soul and their country for money, power and votes. WE re-elected most of them. Enjoy what’s left our our country, we are fast losing our language, culture and American way of life. Adios America, it was nice knowing you.

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      I AGREE.. but I can’t totally fault Trump.. he is continually trying to do something but the DemocRATS refuse to work with him on fixing this mess and the lawless judges keep blocking him… the democRATS care MORE about these illegal aliens than they do the American people.. They need to STOP ALL these free benefits that are given to these illegal aliens.. without the free benefits, less will try to come.. the politicians are stealing our country and handing it over FREE to the illegal aliens… Since October, over 500,000 illegal aliens have already entered.. we are looking at closer to a million illegals entering this year…. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! The more and more of these illegal aliens enter, the greater the burden to the American people… I’m so fed up with the politicians holding these illegal aliens above our laws and above the citizens…
      PEOPLE NEED TO START DEMANDING THAT THEIR SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES STOP THIS INSANITY AND SECURE OUR BORDER AND STOP TAKING CARE OF ILLEGAL ALIENS WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS…. (EX: WHY are people okay paying for the medical care of the illegal aliens while they send their money to their country)
      IF WE DON’T STOP THIS INSANITY.. AT SOME POINT, WE WILL LOSE OUR COUNTRY TOTALLY!!!! And at some point, we are NOT going to be able to sustain this … the money is going to run out… and of course when it does… the American people will suffer from it..

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        Not exactly. Watched a show last night, The Next Revolution. The shows host, Steve Hilton was interviewing Trump and the first topic was immigration. He asked Trump why E-Verify wasn’t part of his plan and Trump said it was too burdensome to employers. Seems like Trump is fine with illegals coming and taking jobs.

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    Where are the men…I don’t see any in that picture besides the security. Surely, some men are part of “family” units. Is it a ploy to gain sympathy? JS…

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    A new Harvard/Harris poll shows that a large majority of Americans significantly underestimate the number of illegals crossing the border, now and within the last few years. How does this happen in a nation that is constantly on line, reading web sites, and watching “news” shows. What must be considered is the fact that the media is totally one sided. Just look at a couple months ago when they were denying that caravans of thousands of illegals were on their way to our border. There goes Trump again, they said.

    Numerous studies have shown that many people get their news from sources like Facebook and Twitter. But those two entities and others constantly ban conservatives for no other reason than they don’t like what they say, not that they have said anything incorrect. They also have supposedly neutral “trusted” fact checking sites that are nothing more than left wing spin. The media is indignant when accused of spreading fake news but when there is such a massive misunderstanding of basic facts by the public, then it’s only fair to ask the media why that situation exists. The only answer is they don’t do their job in an unbiased manner. Joe Biden saying his ancestors paid “coyotes” to smuggle them into America. Hello? No doubt there are records of where and when his ancestors arrived and were processed.

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    looking att he phot, these are all age bearing females who will get pregnant again, and their children will become pregnant, shewing our population in favor of Liberals and their political agendas, like they are already doing now. They will have political power in perpetuity. Good by 2 party or multi-party political systems like we have known in the past. This is a very dangerous president

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    Jackie Czarzasty on

    This is insane. All this does is encourage even more immigrants to come here. Who’s paying for this generosity? Those who actually PAY taxes. We can expect OUR individual tax burden to increase exponentially, federal AND state.