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Hours after U.S. Border Patrol San Diego sector chief Paul Beeson confirmed that planes carrying illegal immigrants to San Diego from Texas would begin Monday, June 23, the chief learned the flights had been canceled. The transfer has been deemed necessary for the processing of the immigrants because Texas is flooded with illegal crossers from Central America.

On Saturday, June 21, Beeson confirmed that planes would fly 140 immigrants to San Diego every three days, starting June 23, to help relieve the extraordinary pressure on Border Patrol agents, processing stations, and detention areas in the Rio Grande Valley.

In the past few months, more than 1000 people a day — many under the age of 18 or traveling as families — are entering the U.S. illegally. Other border areas, including Arizona and New Mexico, are already taking in the overflow.

The Border Patrol had notified the National Border Patrol Council in San Diego — a union that represents 17,000 agents across the U.S., including about 2000 in San Diego — that the patrol agents should be prepared for additional work.

But, on June 22, Beeson let reporters know the flights had been canceled — for now. He said he was notified by his staff and did not have an official reason for the cancellation.

Gabe Pacheco, a local union representative, said the union was worried about the illegal immigrants being scattered across the Southwestern border because it affects the safety of the agents.

"We are already spread thin," Pacheco said. "There have been outbreaks of communicable diseases with the flood of illegals in Texas."

Now, Pacheco says, he believes that political pressure from the public has prompted the cancellation — or postponement — of the plan to shuffle Texas's problems to other parts of the country.

"We stand ready to help our brothers in Texas. We will be professional and expeditious," Pacheco said. "And we don't think for a minute this is over."

Patrol agents in San Diego have already started gathering clothing donations for the children that are expect to come — many bringing in clothes and shoes their own children don't need, Pacheco said.

Disturbing pictures of hundreds of kids sleeping on the floors of Texas Border Patrol processing areas were leaked earlier this month. Border Patrol facilities are not designed or equipped to serve as long-term detention centers, and the agency guidelines say that people should be held for no more than three days before Immigration and Customs Enforcement takes them to detention centers.

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CaptainObvious June 23, 2014 @ 9:24 a.m.

They used to quarrantine ill immigrants. Now, they drop them off at bus stations. Then, they get jobs in food service and processing industries. Make enough to buy fake papers from Puerto Rico, and they are virtually untouchable. Victimless crime? Want tuberculosis with that?

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Missionaccomplished June 23, 2014 @ 10:03 p.m.

Whose dropping them off at bus stations? The CBP? ICE? You want to provide support for your statement?

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danfogel June 24, 2014 @ 10:17 a.m.

Dude, do you not watch the news or read the paper. Just google it then. While I was in Arizona recently, one of the local news stations filmed a CBP bus pulling into the Greyhound station parking lots and "dropping" off about 100 undocumented immigrants. They were literally left standing in the parking lot in 108degree weather with a bottle of water and paperwork to appear at some future date at an immigration office near their final destination,expected to make their own arrangements to pay for a bus ride to wherever that final destination is. Oh, except for the kids. CBP is taking children who were captured traveling alone to a detention center in Nogales, Arizona, where right know they have about 1500 of them.

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jnojr June 23, 2014 @ 2:41 p.m.

Why aren't the planes being sent to the southern part of Mexico? That's where these illegals need to be sent, not to somewhere else in the US. Why should we be paying a dime? Take them to the border crossing and push them back across.

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Missionaccomplished June 23, 2014 @ 10:07 p.m.

So which is it? Southern Mexico or right across the border? Do you realize that in the past couple of years, northern Mexican border towns have been inundated with Obama's Bush-breaking record of deportees? These border towns, even as large as Tijuana or Mexicali are not prepared to handle this influx.

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