During the Barack Obama years, the people of central and south America, not to mention Mexico, got the idea that the United States would welcome them with open arms and not ask too many questions if they came here and just squatted illegally.
For the most part, much to the annoyance and anger of the American people, that tended to happen.
With a change in administration, the would-be squatters are finding out that’s not the way things work anymore – and the Trump Administration is not messing around with returning the illegals to their land of origin.
The Department of Homeland Security started running flights from Tucson, Ariz., to Guadalajara in December. Officials say the migrants being returned are all Mexican nationals from non-border Mexican states who typically have either recently illegally entered the U.S., or who had gone through the court system but were ruled to be deportable by an immigration judge.
The plan marks a departure from past practice of releasing migrants at the border. The idea would be to make it harder for repeat offenders to try and cross the border again if they are returned hundreds of miles away. Officials say returning people closer to their hometowns is better for them as well, and allows them to receive services from the Mexican government.
DHS says it plans to run two flights a week starting at the end of January and expects to return about 250 migrants a week. Officials say the move has been requested by the Mexican government, with which the U.S. has been working for months to stem the border crisis — which peaked in May but still concerns officials.
If the Mexicans are willing to take these people back and all it is costing us is the price of jet fuel, great.
It’s about time.