Border Patrol plans to transport hundreds of migrants to El Cent

Border Patrol plans to transport hundreds of migrants to El Centro

 (AP) -- The Border Patrol is rescheduling flights to bring Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing.

Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that the agency plans to transport adults and children from the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo and El Paso in Texas, and San Diego and El Centro in Southern California. No other details are being released at this time.


However, Imperial County Board of Supervisor John Renison tells 13 On Your Side the feds plan to fly the migrants in to Yuma International Airport on Tuesday and then transport them by bus to El Centro.

Earlier this week, El Centro city leaders voiced concern to the federal government complaining it does not have proper facilities to house the migrants. 


Border Patrol officials in El Centro said Homeland Security plans to use the ICE Detention Center to house more than 140 migrant adult and children. 


Friday's announcement comes less than a week after the agency canceled the California flights. Officials released no further details.


The government has been struggling to cope with a surge of Central Americans entering south Texas' Rio Grande Valley. The Border Patrol has made more than 174,000 arrests there since Oct. 1.

Once the migrants are processed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement decides who can be released while awaiting deportation proceedings.


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