MEXICO. - The U.S. and Mexican government have now began a repatriation program that will deport- in the coming months- about 6,800 Mexican immigrants back home by plane, "securely" and "respecting their human rights and human dignity," said the National Migration Institute of Mexico (INM).
This program is called the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP), and will be conducted in collaboration with the INM, the Immigration Control Agency of Mexico, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
Through this program, instead of being repatriated to the border between these two countries, Mexican immigrants will be sent directly to the International Airport in Mexico City (AICM) and then depart to their communities from there, said the agency in a statement .
The agreement in this program is that both governments will provide financial and human resources to this plan, where the U.S. will be responsible for Air Transportation costs to the Mexican capital, while Mexico covers the cost of ground transportation to each individuals home town.
In the months of October and November 2012, MIRP ran a pilot program, where they assisted a total of 2,364 deportees.
This deportation program will run from now until December 31, 2013, with two flights every week that will be transporting about 136 passengers in each plane.