1951: the first deportation by airplane

September 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

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“A group of illegal Mexican migrant workers are seen as they board a Flying Tiger airliner at Holtville, near El Centro, Calif., August 11, 1951, to be deported to their homes, some 1200 miles south of the U.S. border. Three planes, each carrying 60 deportees, leave at night so they will arrive at their destination at daybreak. U.S. immigration service inaugurated this system of air deportation early in June this year, with planes contracted by the U.S. Immigration Service commercial organization.”

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