Local immigrants board plane

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- Up until today, Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been dealing with thousands of detainee a day, many coming next door in the Rio Grande Valley.

All of them are taking time to process and moving them around been a way to ease the pressure on the valley.

On Friday, KGNS cameras saw first hand one of the ways federal agencies are trying to control this problem.

Three buses full of immigrants were escorted by federal agents, including Border Patrol, to a chartered plane at the old Laredo Airport.

The majority of the immigrants getting off the bus and into the plane were women and children.

We could not confirm if these were Border Patrol detainees or where they were headed.

The Local Border Patrol Union tells us this planeload of detainees are headed to Arizona for detention.

Earlier this week, the local Border Patrol station was found to be over capacity by the local Fire Marshal.

That overcrowding was a result of up to 400 detainees a day that have been transferred to Laredo sector.

On Thursday, some women and children were being released at local bus stations with documents telling them to appear at court or with an officer at a later date.

All these things go back to the valley, where 1,000 immigrants are being arrested per day.

We reached out to local Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement representatives about this but were directed to their parent agency, Homeland Security in Washington.

They have not yet gotten back to us.


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