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More immigrants housed in Artesia deported

Updated: 07/18/2014 5:36 PM | Created: 07/18/2014 12:30 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More Central American immigrants left New Mexico on Friday morning.

Just after 5 a.m., a charter Immigration and Customs Enforcement plane landed in Roswell. Shortly after, three busloads of immigrants arrived.

Women with their children got on a plane to head back to the country they fled from. A U.S. official was also seen holding a baby.

The women without children were shackled. ICE officials tell KOB it is standard protocol to shackle all single adults outside the detention center.

This is the second round of immigrants to be deported from New Mexico. Nearly 40 Central Americans flew back to Honduras Monday.

ICE officials tell KOB this is just the beginning. More immigrants will be returned in the coming days and weeks--A journey they'll likely never forget.

There's no word yet on when the next plane will be depart.


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