James McClure, a reader, shares the following regarding yesterday's announcement by US and Mexican officials that deportation flights to Mexico City for Mexican nationals began this week as part of a pilot to transport people who are from the country's interior to the capital city. They will no longer be automatically sent back at the border (except for those who are from border communities).
"Diana, I just read your article about flying Mexican migrants
back to Mexico. You say it is something new but I don't think so. My brother
was an airline pilot, and he told me of flying into El Paso in a charter flight and picking up Mexican migrants and flying them to Mexico city. I think this was back in the late 70's or early 80,s. He said they were chained and were released when they got to Mexico City. The plane was a white unmarked Boeing 727 jet. He said they just landed, picked up their passengers and left, he had no time to call (family). He has since passed on. He said he did this once a week only did this for a few months." - James McClure
The idea of the new pilot is to provide a safer and more humane return for migrants, from permanent legal immigrants who are being returned for whatever reasons to foreigners caught in this country without "papers."
As with most things, U.S.-Mexico politics plus budgets, will determine how long the new program lasts. For now, the flights from El Paso, Texas are set to continue through the end of November. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is in charge.