BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Two charter planes full of asylum-seekers departed Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport early this morning — one headed for Guatemala — after the migrants were frisked and loaded in chains onto the planes in a process that officials did not want filmed or documented.
Starting at 6:30 a.m., Border Report and KVEO-TV captured footage of the deportees brought in three buses and a van being led onto the plane on the tarmac. One plane, operated by Swift Air, left at 8 a.m. for Gary Indiana and Chicago International Airport. The other plane, operated by World Atlantic Airlines, left five minutes later for Guatemala City, Guatemala, according to the plane tail numbers listed on the app FlightAware.
Agents wearing bright yellow vests frisked the migrants and guarded them as they were loaded two or four at a time up the stairs and onto the plane. Dozens of migrants, including women, boarded the airplanes, but it is uncertain how many.