Migrants spend the night at El Paso International Airport waiting for flights
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Migrants were seen being dropped off at El Paso International Airport on Friday. Some of them plan to spend the night at the airport.
As we reported, the US Border Patrol is transporting migrants to other areas for processing as we continue to see an influx crossing the border.
However, these flights are non-commercial and are coordinated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Enforcement and Removal operations.
Migrants waiting at the airport on Friday told KTSM 9 News that they had purchased their commercial plane tickets. Some find a place to sleep at the airport as some of their flights only leave on Saturday.
“At the airport I have nowhere to sleep,” Jean Luis from Venezuela said in Spanish.
Jean Luis has a plane ticket to Virginia, where he is going to live with his son, he says his son bought his ticket, but he had to come the day before.
“In the morning, there are no buses to come here, and my flight leaves at seven in the morning. If we didn’t come, I would lose my flight,” said Jean Luis.
Another Venezuelan is also at the airport but does not yet have a ticket. Yonis Josue Castro tries to get to Florida, where his grandmother lives, planning to stay at the airport until his grandmother can send him money for the ticket.
“I plan to stay here until she works something out to buy my ticket ASAP in God’s name,” Castro said in Spanish.
Castro says he’s just happy to be in the United States and doesn’t mind having to sleep at the airport.
“We are free, and now we are heading towards our destination. We don’t have to be scared or scared. We don’t have to go through checkpoints or immigration, and the countries we went through were very difficult; they would ask us for a lot of money,” Castro said.
As other Venezuelans told us they were waiting for their flight, some buy tickets once they arrive at the airport.
“It’s good, but thank God I got out of where I was, and we’re fine,” said Danny Quintero Bautista, who has a flight out of El Paso on Saturday.
Our airport teams saw more migrants being dropped off at El Paso International Airport on Friday, and these migrants were exiting a vehicle in the city of El Paso.