U.S. Resumes Flying Illegal Immigrants To Mexico

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is flying illegal immigrants back to their native Mexico from Tucson for the sixth straight summer.

The flights are an attempt to discourage future illicit border crossings and prevent immigrants from endangering their lives by crossing the desert in triple-digit heat.

The twice-daily flights from Tucson to Mexico City take immigrants deep into Mexico's interior and away from the border towns where they would likely run into smugglers who want to sneak them across the international boundary again.

The flights from Tucson International Airport began Saturday and will end Sept. 28.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    While I agree with the social security number or tin, the problem is they do not pay taxes to the state or feds. We then give them free schools for their children and hospital care. If there is a forgiveness program that has them at least "as an immigrant status" where they learn our ways and pay our taxes thats one thing. The problem is they don't want that as they send their money back home for their future.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Aug 25, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    Obama Snake Oil Co: You are usually right...but not this time. The NCDMV website specifically says a social security number is required, but if you are not able to get a SS card, you may show documentation from the Feds that proves you are authorized to be here. (I think you were referring to an ITIN number, but none the less it won't fly, illegals cannot get a license in NC) Secondly, if you start issuing fines to every crabhouse, tobacco farmer, and construction company for employing illegals, consumer prices will go through the roof. The time for everyone to jump on the "stop illegal immigration" movement was 25 years ago when there was a couple hundred thousand of them. Now, with 10 or 11 million that own vehicles, property, and have children that are citizens, it is a bit too late to speak up. Finally, the Feds are building a wall to slow the flow, but it is not realistic to round up 10 million people and deport them. Wouldn't you like a taco with your slice of American Pie?
  • by Dan on Aug 25, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Why fly them? Why spend more dollars on them? Drive them to the border, have Mexican authorities escort them home...make THAT country accountable for their own, why should we bare the burden and expense alone?
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    well , when u feed a stray , they stick around. and that is what has happened over the last 30 years.don't worry though. the admin in washington will give them first class seats!
  • by James Location: Washington on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    We need to use buses, trains, planes and automobiles on a 24-7 basis and get them all out and we need to start now before they bleed our country to death. Legal citizen, you are right on the money. I say we citizens start rounding them up ourselves.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Tell you what, if you fined the employers of illegals and made them fly them back, problem solved, case closed. Reality Check, they can get drivers licenses in NC, you just need to get a federal Tin number and go to any NC drivers license test facility.
  • by john Location: washington on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Legal citizen AMEN!! Maby witn will post my commet this time.
  • by PNW Location: PNW on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Wouldn't it be cheaper to bus them? If they are illegally in the US it is time for them to go home and begin the process of becoming a legal citizen, if they so choose. We have not seen the best of the best from Mexico only the worst and that is truly disheartening. Personally I am tired of my hard earned tax dollars going to support these illegal immigrants. They have children just to insure their stay here. Well, if they work so hard here...what is so hard about working hard in their own country to make it a better place to live? Another thing that bothers me..how can they come here get jobs illegally and then claim they have no rights??? You have no rights due to you being illegal. PERIOD!
  • by Chris on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    I've already solved this problem. For people that have seen the movie 300, the solution is make a wall out of them on the border. Problem solved.
  • by donna on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    YEAH!!! fly them 24/7 get them out. Raise taxes if you have too. If they are not working, and not legal or were not born here then fly them out. If they cannot speak English or refuse to learn it, fly them out!
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