Border Patrol haults migrant flights to San Diego

(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)
(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

SAN DIEGO, California (AP) – The U.S. Border Patrol says it will stop bringing Central American migrants to San Diego after their arrests in Texas.

Spokesman Paul Carr said Thursday the agency has reduced its backlog in south Texas and is now able to process more migrants there.

He says a wave of protests at a Murrieta, California, Border Patrol station where migrants were to be processed had nothing to do with the decision.

The government has recently chartered several flights to San Diego, each one carrying about 140 Central American families with young children. A flight scheduled for Thursday was canceled.

The Border Patrol spokesman does not rule out that the flights could resume but he says there are no plans now to do so.

Graphic shows rising number of unaccompanied minors crossing U.S. borders from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
Graphic shows rising number of unaccompanied minors crossing U.S. borders from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

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