Saturday, June 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) — So many people are crossing the U.S. border illegally in Texas that the Border Patrol wants to move some to California.
San Diego sector chief Paul Beeson says the agency is considering flying 140 immigrants to his area as early as Tuesday.
They'll be turned over to immigration officials, who'll decide if they should be held or released while their cases are pending.
Beeson says the transfers will involve families and adults but no unescorted children.
He says they're part of a broader plan to send migrants arrested in the Rio Grande Valley to other Border Patrol sectors for processing.
South Texas has become the nation's busiest corridor for illegal crossings. The Obama administration has specifically called the large numbers of unescorted children crossing there a crisis.