According to a statement from U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement, four flights full of undocumented immigrants have landed in Massachusetts since April. The detainees were apparently recent border crossers who had been arrested in Texas, and the majority of them have reportedly been returned to their countries of citizenship. The flights were coordinated by ICE in order to make use of detention space that is available in the New England area.
A spokesperson for ICE stated that the increase in border crossings in the southwest region of the country has required a national response. The spokesperson went on to say that a small number of the detainees that were flown to Massachusetts have been released on bond while their immigration cases are being heard.