Commercial airlines made more than 1,300 deportation flights for ICE in the last year

Business Insider | 1/1/2019 | Isaac Scher
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A Newsweek report found that commercial airlines, including some of the biggest in the United States, deported unauthorized individuals on behalf of ICE.

The airlines made at least 1,386 flights between January 1, 2019, and January 16, 2020.

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A new report has found that three of the biggest commercial airlines in the United States made more than 1,200 deportation flights for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in just over one year.

Commercial airlines made at least 1,386 flights to remove unauthorized individuals from the United States between January 1, 2019 and January 16, 2020. The data, published Friday morning by Newsweek, was obtained by the outlet through a Freedom of Information Act request with ICE.

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United Airlines accounted for almost half of the tallied flights, with 677 trips. American Airlines made 345 deportations, and Delta Airlines made 266. Together, the three airlines hold 49.9% of the domestic commercial-flights market, according to the US Bureau of Transpiration.

All the reported flights went to Latin America. Over 80% of them were destined for Northern Triangle countries — Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

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Honduras received 605 flights, 429 went to Guatemala, and 79 landed in El Salvador.

Three foreign airlines — the Colombian company Avianca, Panama's Copa Airlines, and Mexico's AeroMexico — also flew individuals out of the country on behalf of the US government agency. But in total, their deportations made up less than 0.7% of the reported 1,386 flights.

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Alaskan Airlines made one flight for ICE.

Roughly half of all reported deportation flights flew out of airports in Texas and New York. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 11 million unauthorized immigrants live in the United States. Texas and New York are both in the top-four states by number of...
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