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Border Patrol to increase presence at McAllen International Airport

1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, February 24 2021 Feb 24, 2021 February 24, 2021 3:20 PM February 24, 2021 in News - Local

After Border Patrol leaves migrants at the Catholic Charities Respite Center in downtown McAllen, the migrants make their way to different parts of the U.S. by bus or plane. But some migrants trying to get on their flights are having some delays. 

A spokesperson with the city of McAllen confirmed that migrants without an official picture ID were not being let into the airport's waiting area. The issue ended up being delays in verifying the migrant's identities by security staff. 

The city said it will not be issuing ID cards for migrants, but did announce on Wednesday in a press release that Border Patrol will increase staffing at McAllen International Airport in order to facilitate the transport of migrants.

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The city said the increase in Border Patrol agents will alleviate flight access delays at the Transportation Security Administration pre-boarding checkpoint.

“U. S. Border Patrol has committed to increased staffing at the McAllen International Airport in order to facilitate the transport of migrants from that location,” a news release stated. “The City of McAllen looks forward to a continued partnership with all organizations and entities committed to this process.”

On Friday during a city commissioner meeting, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said he asked the Biden administration to reimburse the city directly for all of the city funds spent on migrants. 

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