Border Patrol Budget Cuts: No Flights to Mexico

mexican-border-patrol-niren-associatesBorder patrol is no longer sending illegal immigrants home on a free ticket. For the past 7 years, the US government has sent Mexicans caught crossing the border back to their home country, aboard a plane, but that is over now.

Why the Flights Have Stopped

Border patrol arrests have dropped drastically over the past year or two, making it even more difficult for the government agency to justify the cost of sending the immigrants back to Mexico. In addition, more and more people are going in the opposite direction to escape a faltering economy and there are no longer enough illegal immigrants to fill a plane.

Looking for Alternatives

Various options were proposed, but failed:

  • Mixing families with criminals on flights
  • New, cheaper routes
  • Reducing the number of flights

For Mexicans who have trudged through the desert to reach the US, in hopes of finding a job, the result of being arrested is now a choice between six months in jail or being bused to the nearest border town, something that has Mexico up in arms. Border cities south of the border are seeing an increase in crime as they are flooded with returning immigrants.

The Mexican Interior Repatriation Program

Since 2004, the MIRP has flown 125,164 illegal immigrants back home. The flights cost around $724 per person, for a grand total of $90.6 million in the seven years that the program has run.

The program may resume in the future, but for now, Mexicans are left with just two choices upon arrest.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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