“The plan marks a departure from past practice of releasing migrants at the border,” Fox News reports. “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.”

Deportation flights from Tucson, Arizona, to Guadalajara began in December and are expected to increase by the end of January.



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