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U.S. Spending $56M to Fly Immigrants Home

U.S. marshals unlock the prisoners’ leg shackles, body chains and handcuffs when green jungle and turquoise sea come into close view. As the U.S. government’s MD-83 airliner bumps to the ground at the small San Salvador airport, the 44 men and five women being deported home to El Salvador cheer. One man belts out a few bars of a Tom Petty song: “I’m free-ee….” For a growing number of migrants picked up in the United States for immigration violations or criminal offenses, this is the way their American experience ends: a free flight home. Full Story

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