Can You Believe This Cheap Mexican airlines are taking Mexican right to our border for illegal immigration?
MEXICALI, Mexico - Among travelers, it's jokingly known as Aeromigrante - Migrant Air. New discount airlines in Mexico are doing a brisk business shuttling migrants to the U.S. border, turning what was once a days-long trek into an easy hop for legions of workers, both legal and illegal. "It's much more comfortable than the bus and about the same price," said Leopoldo Torres, 37, of Mexico City, as he stretched his legs aboard Volaris Flight 190 to the border city of He and a traveling companion, Julio Menéndez, paid $118 each for the three-hour flight. They planned to cross into the United States illegally through the California desert. Such migrants have become bread-and-butter customers for airlines Volaris, Avolar, Alma, Viva Aerobus, Interjet and Click, all of which have started up in the past two years. Older carriers such as Aero California and Aviacsa have cut their own prices to compete. "The most productive routes we have are cities where you have those passengers who are traveling with the idea of the American Dream," said Luis Ceceña, a spokesman for Avolar. About 70 percent of Avolar's passengers are migrants, he said. For some airlines like Avolar, the emphasis on migrant travel was a conscious decision, with company officials structuring their routes and fares around migrants' needs, he said. For others, it was simply a side effect of low prices, which have opened up air travel to millions of poorer Mexicans. The airlines say they treat migrants like any other passengers. The Mexican government has promised to try to slow emigration by creating jobs in Mexico. But by law, Mexican authorities and companies cannot impede the free travel of their fellow citizens, even if they suspect they are going to cross the U.S. border illegally. Heading for the desert Travelers planning to cross illegally are easy to spot. At the Hermosillo airport, a major crossroads for migrants headed to the Arizona desert, they are the men traveling in groups of three and four, wearing new sneakers or hiking boots and carrying nothing but backpacks. "Altar! Naco! Nogales!" taxi dispatcher Javier Montaño shouted outside the airport as he directed travelers to vans headed to the main staging grounds for illegal border crossers. Because of the increased traffic, Mexican immigration agents now check the IDs of all arriving passengers, even on domestic flights, to try to catch Central American migrants headed to the border. In Hermosillo, federal police conduct spot checks on the vans before they leave the airport. "By law, we can't stop the Mexican (migrants)," police Officer Carlos Zequera Arias said. "But the Central Americans are starting to get on these flights, too." Falling prices Until the flood of discount airlines began in 2005, air travel in Mexico was too expensive for most poor Mexicans. A one-way flight from central Mexico to Tijuana ran $300 or more on the country's two flag carriers, Aeromexico and Mexicana. For most migrants, getting to the border meant days of travel on long-distance buses - or for the very poor, a harrowing and illegal ride on Mexico's railways while clinging to a freight car. The discount airlines cut costs by copying the business model of U.S. carrier Southwest Airlines. They fly out of smaller airports, make several stops on the same trip, bypass travel-agent fees by selling directly to customers, and concentrate on a few high-volume routes instead of a hub-and-spoke system. Typical fares to Tijuana from Toluca, just east of Mexico City, are now around $150 on the discount airlines. That has opened up air travel to millions of new customers, said José Calderoni, marketing director for Volaris. About one-third of the airline's passengers have never flown before, he said. Overall, the number of Mexicans flying has jumped 36 percent since 2004. About 13.4 million people took domestic flights from January to June, according to Mexico's Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information Processing. The discount airlines have been adding planes and routes at a breakneck pace. Avolar has grown from one jetliner and three destinations to nine with 16 destinations. Viva Aerobus has 21 destinations and plans to double its fleet to 10 jets from five. Interjet has nine planes and says it will order 20 more. Alma has 15 regional jets and 25 destinations, Volaris has 12 planes and 17 destinations, while Click has 26 destinations with 18 planes and six on order. Read further details @ http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1012migrantair1012.html
Asked By: Beach Girl - 10/12/2007
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to law above me- they were here first? Who is they? If you are refering to the Olmec, Izapa, Teotihuacan, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Huastec, Tarascan, "Toltec" and Aztec indigenous groups that were the first "Mexicans" then I have news for you: approx 95% of the idigenous populations died from disease and war when the... More
Answered By: Born in the USA - 10/12/2007
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Unbelieveable - although I guess I shouldn't be surprised given the # of illegals in the US!
Answered By: The Wise One - 10/12/2007
I just saw this on MSNBC and was in shock at how corrupt even the Mexican airlines are. They will do anything for a buck is seems. Greedy jerks.
Answered By: Double Down - 10/12/2007
Sure, I can believe it. The question should be whether you can actually stop it from happening. That, I don't think you can do. But what's the problem again? Mexicans? Illegally in California? Weren't they here first? Hmm...
Answered By: lawclerk - 10/12/2007
Might be a slight positive to this: instead of being forced to patrol thousands of miles of borderland, perhaps ICE can stake out airports . At least the illegals won't be able to throw rocks and bottles.
Answered By: Kubla Con - 10/12/2007
Note to avolar - the American dream is now a nightmare!
Answered By: Paula Revere - 10/12/2007
All these talks about illegal immigrants should go away only if we put teeth to our law. Illegal residence = jail and/or deportation. But as long as our government is hesistant to enforce these laws, and the citizenry enjoying the cheap labor of such illegals... expect it to be around for a long time.
Answered By: guardEd - 10/12/2007
Answered By: peanuthead - 10/12/2007
I just don't understand why they are just letting them by the hundreds!! This is absolutely ABSURD! This is the statement that REALLY bothers me! "By law, we can't stop the Mexican (migrants)," police Officer Carlos Zequera Arias said. "But the Central Americans are starting to get on these flights, too."
Answered By: listen_n - 10/12/2007
I would much rather be a Mexican than a greedy, selfish white man ANYTIME.
Answered By: Diana C - 10/12/2007
So you are spreading hate towards Mexicans. How is that makes you feel? Typical anti that don't have a clue of what you are talking about, how about you getting a job?
Answered By: Villa - 10/12/2007
Unfortunately, I can believe it. These criminals care nothing about our laws and they shouldn't be here! All 30+ million illegals, where ever the come from, are breaking our laws... More
Answered By: amnesty sucks - 10/12/2007
This does make me sick. If these hot crossing spots are known about, how come they are not being heavily guarded... More
Answered By: notgrannysmith - 10/12/2007
Yes i can beleive and what i have to say is....... HAHAHAHHAAHHAHH! LMAO its funny!
Answered By: ♠Laugh Out Loud♠ - 10/12/2007
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