One thousand Mexicans have been repatriated to the interior of their country in almost two months on commercial flights that have taken off from Arizona, the last one with 106 people who left Friday for Jalisco, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office reported.
The federal agency said that since the reactivation of the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI) last December, a total of 1,000 Mexicans have been transferred to cities in the interior of the Latin American country.
Through this program developed between the U.S. and Mexico, which seeks to discourage those trying to cross the border, a flight with 106 Mexicans left today from the airport of Tucson, southern Arizona, bound for the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
“This is another successful initiative by the Trump Administration that demonstrates our urgency to learn and quickly remove those who illegally cross our border,” said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of CBP in a statement.
Morgan explained that taking migrants into Mexico will make it more difficult for them to try to return to the northern border.
The IRI program began as a pilot project in 2012 on Arizona’s southern border, and the following year it became permanent and then was temporarily suspended.
Although it was initially launched only during the summer months, when temperatures exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the Arizona desert, an average of two flights a week now leave Tucson, according to CBP.
Before being repatriated, Mexican immigrants are interviewed by Mexican consular representatives and once they arrive at their destination, the Mexican government helps them return to their hometowns.