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Monday, June 13, 2005

The cost of sending Mexicans back to Mexico

Aeromexico currently holds the contract with the U.S. government to fly illegal Mexicans back to Mexico. The contract is for 150 flights from Tuscon to Mexico City. The U.S. government pays 14.3 million U.S.$ for this service. That's an estimated $1,100 U.S. for each migrant sent back to Mexico. That's about 4 times the cheapest rate.

Mexican families are askng Aeromexico to bring back the bodies for free of those that die trying to cross the border. So far Aeromexico, like Mexicana before it, has refused. The request seems like a reasonable one. Aeromexico is going to be running these flights anyway, and most of the migrants won't have luggage. Why not use that space to bring back the remains of the 300-500 migrants who die trying to cross the border?

posted by Michelle @ 10:30 AM,


At 6/13/2005 12:57 PM, Blogger Elenamary said...

God, I'd never even thought about the flights from AZ to Mexico. And you bring up a great point, couldn't they at least bring back the remains of Mexicanos in the US. How many stories have we heard of people trying to get enough money to send back the body of their loved one who tragically died in the US.

At 6/13/2005 6:19 PM, Blogger Brian said...

That is awful.


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