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Flights from Texas to Mexico City began today after a long promised plan to return some deportees back to central and southern Mexico. The first flight left today, October 2nd, with 131 Mexican nationals from the El Paso, Texas airport. Mexico will then take the deportees and pay for them to return to their original homes.

The program which has been in the plans for sometime is being operated by the United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency. The non-voluntary program is intended to slow the revolving door of immigrants and lessen the burden put on border cities, which has not been able to handle the influx of deportees from the U.S.

According to the ICE website, those who participate in the pilot initiative are transferred from across the United States to the Otero County Processing Center in Chaparral, N.M before being flown out of El Paso to Mexico City.

The program will continue till November 29th, when the U.S. and Mexico will analyze the program for further progress. A previous initiative ended in 2011 from Arizona which was optional for deported immigrants.

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