SAN DIEGO (AP) — A flight carrying migrants from overcrowded facilities on the Texas border with Mexico has arrived in Southern California.
A federal Department of Homeland Security official in California told The Associated Press that the chartered plane landed Tuesday in San Diego with 136 migrants on board. The official was not authorized to be named when speaking on the issue.
The migrants will be bused to a border patrol facility in Murrieta for processing. Federal immigration authorities will determine whether they will be held or released pending deportation proceedings.
The flight to California is intended to help alleviate the crunch in the Rio Grande Valley after thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children came to the U.S. fleeing violence at home.
Officials have also flown migrants to Arizona.