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The new questions about border security after the feds put the brakes on a repatriation.
For seven years -- provided free flights back to Mexico for illegal immigrants caught crossing the border at a total cost of the taxpayers of a hundred million dollars.
Trace Gallagher has more -- -- -- programs and stopped like from LA Trace.
Well the problem was designed to save lives -- because you had so many illegals -- crossing the Arizona desert during the summer dying from the heat.
Those who made it were arrested and then -- -- the board they would simply try to cross again so the plane flights were from Tucson down to Mexico City and the idea being if you could push them further south into Mexico.
You would at least make their journey north farther.
And then try to discourage them from going north but then the Government Accountability Office came out and said no the flights were not stopping them just slowing them down a bit.
So then -- arrest of illegals dropped to a forty year low a couple of Summers ago.
And the planes were flying half empty sometimes mostly empty the cost as you said hit a hundred million dollars for six years it became hard to justify.
The Border Patrol considered filling those planes with illegals who committed crimes in this country but then the Mexican government said no.
They didn't want family's to have to fly with criminals so this summer the flights were halted.
All together and the program has now been stopped for now the Border Patrol can either put illegals in jail or bust them to border towns along the Mexican border but a lot of these border towns are complaining because their own citizens.
Are raising their crime rates and their unemployment rates now DHS.
Is considering a brand new program -- and that would fly.
In this country illegals who committing crimes from El Paso back down to the deepest part of Mexico.
Funding for that still in question the money from this program where it goes we just contacted department homeland security and Border Patrol.
They still have not gotten back to -- they say when they get a statement ready.
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