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No more free flights, for Mexican deportees

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The U.S. Border Patrol has suspended flights to transport undocumented Mexican nationals back to their country. This is a money-saving change after a seven-year experimental program that cost taxpayers nearly $100 million.

Since 2004, more than 125,000 deportees were flown into diverse states of Mexico at no cost for them, or their government, in an attempt to discourage people from reentering the United States.

Border arrests have shown a 40-year low while statistics suggests more people may be heading south of the border than north, and BP officials had been struggling to fill the planes and facing high operational costs. Flights carrying up to 146 people were cut to once from twice daily last year, while there are none scheduled for the summer of 2012.

According to the Associated Press “the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Border Patrol, said Monday that it anticipates flights will resume next month in a redesigned program.”

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