ARTESIA, N.M. (KQRE) – The U.S. Border Patrol has cancelled flights to bring nearly 300 Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing, but they’re not saying why.
Two of these flights carrying about 280 people were supposed to happen Monday.
Tens of thousands of the immigrants have been staying in Arizona, Texas and California.
This huge number of children coming from Central and South America has renewed the Obama administration’s push for immigration reform.
The way the law is right now, children from anywhere other than Canada or Mexico cannot be immediately deported; they have to be taken into U.S. custody first.
The way things are going, immigration and customs enforcement estimates 90,000 immigrant children will have crossed into the U.S. illegally by the end of this year.
The national problem is affecting New Mexico, too.
A large number of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally will soon stay in the state.
Congressman Steve Pearce says ICE plans to start housing men, women and children at the federal law enforcement training center in Artesia.
Pearce is calling this a crisis at our doorstep because the border patrol and other facilities are overwhelmed.
“It appears that they have the intent to send about 700 men and women,” said Pearce, R-New Mexico.
The center in Artesia will only take in families, but it’s a lot of them.
Pearce says he’s told all the immigrants who stop there will be sent back to their home country.
The center is supposed to cycle families through for about year.
ICE hasn’t said how much it will cost to house the families.