Photo: Repatriation Flights of Undocumented Immigrants Expected to Cost U.S. More than $9M in 2011
With cooperation from the Mexican government, the voluntary repatriation of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. by bus and plane has resumed.
For undocumented immigrants caught at the border, the program flies them to Mexico City, on a voluntary basis. The location was chosen because it is about 1,000 miles from the border and reduces the chance that one of the migrants with attempt to sneak back over the border again, said Vincent Picard, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) based in Phoenix.
Once in Mexico City they are given bus tickers to return to their hometown.
“It breaks the link between the smuggled alien and the criminal smuggling organization that marches aliens through the desert, risking their lives through the extreme temperatures that Arizona brings in the summertime,” Picard told The Arizona Republic.
This program will run until September 28th, with an expected cost $9 million to $11 million.
And though this happens with the cooperation of the Mexican government, the U.S. pays for the cost of the plane and bus tickets.
Last year, 23,384 undocumented border crossers were returned to Mexico at a cost of $14.8 million to the United States.