First group of Central Americans housed at FLETC deported

Updated: 07/14/2014 6:17 PM | Created: 07/14/2014 5:44 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Just after 8:00 a.m., four busloads of Central American immigrants arrived at the Roswell airport.

“The buses showed up this morning, they loaded the aircraft, and they were off," said Airport Manager Jennifer Brady.

Officials say 40 women with kids were sent back to Honduras.

The group was among the 400 being housed at a temporary detention facility in Artesia.

Brady says the airport was given a day’s notice.

“What they want to do is just get in, get them loaded, get them out of here as fast as they can," said Brady.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was at the Artesia facility Friday.

"The message has to be that our border is not open to illegal migration and we are sending people back," said Johnson.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say this is just the first plane.

More immigrants will be sent back to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the coming days and weeks.

“At this point in time we don't know when the next aircraft will be arriving," said Brady.

Since October, more than 57,000 children and tens of thousands of adults have crossed the border from Central America hoping for a better life in the United States.

“They said they were going to send them back and I mean our laws say that illegal immigrants are supposed to go back and unless that changes, that's what we have to do," said Brenda Clements.

“I’m sad for the people, I’m sad for what they’re going back to but again that is the law. And if we want it to be different we’ll have to change the law,” said Jeff McWhorter.

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